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Macomb Saving Thousands on Water Treatment Plant Improvements

Macomb, IL – Macomb will save more than half-a-million dollars for improvements to its water treatment plant.

Mayor Mick Wisslead says the city received more than $225,000 from the federal government's economic stimulus package. Wisslead says on top of that, the Illinois EPA approved a 20-year, 0% loan for the project, which will save the city more than $260,000.

"We haven't bid the rest of all this project yet," says Wisslead. "All this has is the building and some of the things in it. There are some other things that have to go in that. We do have the availability of going to a bond, but we don't necessarily have to. If we really need to we can go in to the bond proceeds."

The city council approved the issuance of $1.3 million in bonds to cover the cost of the project.

Wisslead says work will likely begin on the project in September. Leander Construction of Canton, Illinois had the low bid for the construction project of $794,000. That does not include the cost of equipment needed for the "Ammonia Feed Project."

The council waived second reading of the contract agreement with Leander Construction, the issuance of bonds, and the loan agreement with the IEPA. "We bid this in May," says Wisslead. "We got the contractor to go along with a 90-day extension on that bid. We were working on the stimulus project so the contractor agreed to another 30-day extension. That extension is up September 5. Our next city council meeting isn't until September 8, so that's why we had to waive second reading."