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Sycamore considers 2nd phase of sewer plant upgrades

Published: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore City Council could take the next step in a $10 million improvement project for the city’s waste water treatment facility at its meeting today.

The council will consider a $1.1 million contract with McMahon Associates to manage the design and construction services for the second part of a three-phase process to upgrade the city’s water capacity from 2.9 million gallons a day to 4.9 million gallons a day.

McMahon Associates has been involved with the project since it started in May 2005 and has helped guide the city through the first phase of the renovations to improve the sludge-handling process at the water treatment facility. That work finished in 2011.

Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said the project has been important in not only complying with federal and state standards, but in upgrading technology that will serve the city as it grows in coming years.

He said the new capacity would be able to handle new business and population growth expected to reach 25,000 in the future.

“This plant upgrade is going to set us up for the next 50 years here,” he said. “We’ll maybe grow to be 25,000 or 28,000 at some point in time, and this is an investment in that future.”

The estimated $10 million for total construction of phase two is funded through reserves from sewer impact fees and low-interest loans from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Before the 7 p.m. meeting, council members will take a tour of the new apartment and business complex on 437 W. State St. The mixed-use building was constructed by Pappas Development after the city used tax increment financing funds to demolish the former Fargo Motors building.

Most of the residential units on the second floor have been leased and progress is being made on filling the first-floor space with commercial businesses.

Mundy said the building is an excellent addition to the downtown area and was pleased the structure complements the historical buildings in the area.

“It’s a great addition to our downtown,” Mundy said. “We’re very confident those [commercial] spaces will be filled in time.”

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