Colchester

National Historic Site
7:05 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Restoration Continues at the Brickyard in Colchester

Money is needed to stabilize and preserve the beehive kilns at the Brickyard.
Credit Rich Egger

A lot of financial and sweat equity is being poured into the historic old brick-making site in Colchester.

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September 2012
5:05 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

In The Tri States

A look back at the top stories and features from the Tri States Public Radio news department from September 2012.  

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.

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.

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Grant and Loan to come from USDA
12:10 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Funding Will Advance Colchester Sewer Project

Colchester has the last and most important component to move forward with a large-scale sewer project-money.

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%.

Mayor Danny Bice is glad for the money but he still thinks it will put stress on the city's finances.

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.”

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Site is Downtown
1:48 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

New Colchester Food Pantry to Open

Residents of Colchester who have trouble putting enough food on the dinner table will soon have another resource.

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.

Welch says the “honor system” might be used instead of set times for distribution.

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Emphasis - August 17
10:53 am
Fri August 17, 2012

The Moses King Brick & Tile Works National Historic District

Tim Schroll
Rich Egger

Rich Egger's guest is Tim Schroll of the Moses King Brick & Tile Works National Historic District near Colchester.

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.

“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.

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Wants to Monitor Consumption
12:19 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Mayor Seeks Water Meter for Fire Department

Colchester Mayor Danny Bice would like to get a clearer picture of the city's water consumption.

One step he would like to take is to install a water meter at the Colchester Fire protection District building.

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Eight years sought from EPA
3:01 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Colchester Seeks Extension for Sewer Work

Colchester is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for up to eight years to complete a large-scale sewer project.

The city has two options to pay for the $4.2 million project.

If the city qualifies for loans and grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program, the project might be completed in four years.

If the project qualifies for grants through the EPA the project might take eight years. That's because the city could only apply every other year.

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Say they can't afford huge hikes in sewer rates
1:05 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Residents Vent at Public Meeting

Colchester residents say they won't be able to afford sewer rates of $50 per month.  That's the maximum amount the city would have to charge if it has to finance the entire $4.2 million dollar cost of a sewer repair project that is being mandated by the federal EPA.

The city held a public hearing as part of the grant application process. The city is hoping to qualify for at least $1.1 million from the USDA's Rural Development program. The application must be completed by July 15th.

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Mayor hopes for large turnout
6:55 am
Thu July 5, 2012

City to Hold Public Hearing on Sewer Rates

Residents of Colchester will get a chance to make their voices heard on sewer rate increases. The public hearing is Monday, July 9th, at 7 p.m. in city hall.

They face sewer rates of between $40 and $50 per month to pay for repairs to the city's sanitary sewer system. The hikes are needed to bring the city into compliance with federal EPA regulations.

Mayor Danny Bice hopes for a large turnout at the hearing.

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City will accelerate timeline
3:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Colchester Changes Plans on Sewer Project

Colchester planned to take nearly a decade to complete a large-scale sewer replacement project with an estimated price tag of $4.2 million.

The city will now seek to complete the project in the next four years. The change is driven by the prospects for grant funding.

Mayor Danny Bice says the city counted on a combination of state and federal grants to help pay for the project. It's necessary to meet federal EPA requirements.

The city has found the funding forecast a dismal one.

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