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Sycamore City Council to vote on loan for wastewater plant upgrades

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A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Sycamore.
Matthew Apgar - A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore City Council will vote on a ordinance Tuesday that will fund the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The ordinance will authorize taking out a loan for about $20 million from the Water Pollution Control Fund.

The expansion will increase the capacity of the plant by about 2 million gallons of water a day for a total capacity of 4.9 million gallons a day .

“The majority of the infrastructure at the existing plant was constructed in the 1970s and is in need of repair or replacement as it has exceeded its useful life,” the council’s agenda reads.

The ordinance calls for principal and interest payments to be payable semiannually over 20 years, which falls within the expected 30-year life span of the facility. The plan has been permitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the city soon will advertise for bids.

The council will also vote on a resolution adopting a policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the city of Sycamore. The city already has a policy that includes mandated training, but a law passed by the state in the fall requires the city to update its policy to be in line with the new legislation. The law requires the city enact its updated policy by Jan 18.

Also Kluber Architects + Engineers will present a report the council commissioned in the fall to identify needed maintenance for Fire Station 1.

“Built in the late 1950s, the building has seen many changes in operating uses, but has not experienced significant maintenance to major components such as the mechanical and plumbing systems, the original single plane glass curtain wall or the roof,” the agenda reads.

The council will learn how the report lays out the maintenance priorities.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sycamore City Center at 308 W. State St.

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