Channahon Board: Wastewater plant expansion on schedule

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The expansion of Channahon’s wastewater treatment plant is on schedule, with the village board approving an engineering contract this week and giving authorization to borrow funds for the project.

Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said the plant needs to be expanded to allow for the growth of the community.

“We’re reaching a point where we’re reaching capacity at our existing plant,” Durkin said. “Because this is a multiyear project, we’ve got to get started on that now, planning for that additional capacity to come online the next couple of years.”

Channahon’s wastewater treatment plant serves 7,165 of its residents, with the remainder served through Joliet’s plant, Durkin said.

Improvements on biosolids management also will be made with the expansion.

The design of the plant expansion is complete, Durkin said, with Strand Associates doing the work.

On Monday, the board approved hiring Strand to perform construction-related services during the project, for a fee of $769,000, including assisting with the bidding process and working with contractors.

The board also approved authorizing the village to borrow an amount not to exceed $10.9 million from the Water Pollution Control Loan Program. The loan will mature in 20 years, which Durkin said is within the useful life of the expansion.

“These are very low interest rates,” he said. “We want the construction to start in 2019 ... and it is proposed to be online August 2020 or at the end of 2020.”

Also at this week’s Village Board meeting, resident Karen Smith requested the village put up signs at the entrance to her neighborhood on Channon Drive reading, “Not a designated truck route.”

Postal service delivery trucks, including semitrailers, have been driving down the street on their way to and from the Channahon post office, said Smith, who considers the truck traffic a danger in a residential neighborhood full of children.

Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher asked Police Chief Shane Casey and Village Attorney David Silverman to look into the matter.

Casey also told the board that many of Channahon’s police will be wearing pink for the month of October to support breast cancer awareness.

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