Hutsonville will be making repairs to the North Pleasant Street bridge, and village residents will see an increase in their water and sewer bills.
Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night approved a plan for the bridge/culvert outlined by Shannon Woodward of Connor and Connor Engineering. A 10-foot diameter culvert will be butted to the west side of the bridge, then a concrete collar will be poured around it, securing and sealing the connection. Rip-rap rock fill will then be placed over and around the pipe. Additional rip-rap will be placed on the east side of the bridge to fill and secure areas that have been washing away. The sidewalk also will be replaced.
The total coast of the project is estimated at less than $25,000, and the board approved using motor-fuel tax money to pay for the work. Mayor Tina Callaway said she expects 75 percent of the cost to be reimbursed by Federal Emergency Management Agency funds, which will go back into the general fund.
Hutsonville water and sewer customers will see a $4 increase to their basic water bills and a $2 charge for every 1,000 additional gallons used. Sewer rates will increase $3 per 1,000 gallons used. Even with the increase, Hutsonville water rates are still lower than any others in the county.
Last year the water and sewer account lost around $20,000. The water and sewer committee compared Hutsonville water rates with those of Robinson, Palestine and Oblong, and the IMLF-recommended rates against the amount needed to cover operating costs to determine the new rates.
The rates will take effect on the next billing cycle. The last rate increase was in 2007.
In related business, Callaway reported on the recent meeting with the Robinson-Palestine Water Commission about bringing a water main into the south side of Hutsonville.
Several customers between Trimble and Hutsonville have requested water from the commission. Callaway said the expansion would cost around $750,000. To justify that expense the commission would need to supply the village with at least 120,000 gallons of water per month for 10 years at a cost of around $3 per 1,000 gallons.
The village would still be responsible for line maintenance, repairs, meter reading and billing. Trustee Les Leighty said they would still have all the same costs without the income. Callaway said with Well 4 now in operation the connection would not be cost-effective at this time.
In other business, Robin Guyer presented the board with plans for his proposed subdivision on the west side of town. The subdivision would include 14 lots along a semi-private road with one existing duplex on one lot and a cell phone town on another. The board will review the plan and is expected to give approval for continuing the project at next month's meeting.
The village will be flushing hydrants over the next couple of weeks in the village, and an unofficial river-stage gauge is planned to be painted on one of the bridge supports. When the Ameren gauge is removed later this year, the new National Weather Service gauge that was installed a couple of years ago on the bridge will be the official reading. The painted gauge will only be a reference guide for the public and boaters.
The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 8.