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Sycamore City Council to continue budget discussions

Water and sewer funds on tap for Monday

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore City Council’s budget season will continue at Monday night’s meeting with a look at water and sewer funds. Both funds are self-supporting through usage fees.

Fiscal 2019 will mark the first year of a process to flatten the seven-tier fee schedule for Sycamore water use into a two-tier system. The first two tiers will be reduced, resulting in a small savings for the average user, according to the City Council agenda.

Neither department is expecting to make any new hires during the budget year. The water fund proposes a $1 addition to the monthly radium treatment fee, and both funds are presented as balanced. Sewer fund reserves will be put toward the wastewater treatment plant expansion to minimize the loan the city will need for the project. The expansion will increase the plant’s capacity by almost 2 million gallons a day, from 2.97 million to 4.9 million gallons.

The expansion also will bring in new technology for the plant that will result in fewer tanks, less site piping and a smaller footprint, according to the agenda. Two ordinances are up for discussion at the meeting. The first will be considering the addition of a yield traffic sign at Freedom Circle and Becker Place near Parkside Preserve. The Sycamore Park District facility includes a walking and bike path.

The second ordinance involves Joel and Joan Barczak, owners of Blumen Gardens, who are asking for a variance while they improve the parking lot at their business. The setback requirement as is does not provide enough room for them to accommodate diagonal parking in the lot.

The council also will hear a presentation from Kathy Scheller of MetroNet, a fiber-optic communication company looking to provide services in Sycamore. The company has been growing in suburban communities, according to the agenda.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Sycamore City Hall, 308 W. State St.

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