Colchester en In The Tri States <p>A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from September 2012.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Reporter Jason Parrott told us about plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Lee County. He also reported on pending lay-offs at one of the county’s largest employers.</p><p>During the month, Colchester received some good news from the USDA, Lee County made plans to add beds to its jail, and a historic structure in Macomb received a national designation.</p> Sun, 07 Oct 2012 22:05:33 +0000 Rich Egger 22632 at In The Tri States Funding Will Advance Colchester Sewer Project <p>Colchester has the last and most important component to move forward with a large-scale sewer project-money.<br><br>The USDA's Rural Development program will give the city a grant of a $1.56 million and a loan of $2.35 million. The interest rate on the loan is 2.125%.<br><br>Mayor Danny Bice is glad for the money but he still thinks it will put stress on the city's finances.<br><br>He says, “We were actually hoping to get a little bit more (in the grant). We're going to have to run the numbers and make sure it's still feasible for the customers in town.”<br> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:10:31 +0000 James Lenz 21336 at Funding Will Advance Colchester Sewer Project New Colchester Food Pantry to Open <p>Residents of Colchester who have trouble putting enough food on the dinner table will soon have another resource.<br><br>The Colchester Area Relief Effort or “CARE” has been organized in just a couple months. Alderwoman Frances Welch is one of the organizers. She says a lot has been accomplished in that time including the the formation of a board, adoption of by-laws and acquisition of a site.<br><br>Welch says the “honor system” might be used instead of set times for distribution.<br> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 18:48:40 +0000 James Lenz 21122 at New Colchester Food Pantry to Open The Moses King Brick & Tile Works National Historic District <p>Rich Egger's guest is Tim Schroll of the <a href="" target="_blank">Moses King Brick &amp; Tile Works National Historic District</a> near Colchester.<br><br>Schroll said that after years of searching for an engineering firm, they've found one willing to tackle the process of rehabilitating the Brickyard's beehive kilns.<br><br>“In fact, they're so excited about it that they've assigned a grant worker to our case to try to raise the funds for the structural analysis, which is the first step in the process of getting the kilns rebuilt,” said Schroll.</p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 15:53:05 +0000 Rich Egger 20153 at The Moses King Brick & Tile Works National Historic District Mayor Seeks Water Meter for Fire Department <p>Colchester Mayor Danny Bice would like to get a clearer picture of the city&#39;s water consumption.<br /><br />One step he would like to take is to install a water meter at the Colchester Fire protection District building.<br /><br />He says, &ldquo;We&#39;re just putting in there so we&#39;ll have data so we can put it on every month, you know. We&#39;re not charging for it. But it&#39;s just something so we can account for the water that we&#39;re buying.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:19:02 +0000 James Lenz 19313 at Mayor Seeks Water Meter for Fire Department