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6/12/2014 2:31:00 PM
Hutsonville will seek meeting with EPA on water issue
The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night heard about new action by the Illinois EPA on its drinking-water supply.

The Illinois EPA has formally advised village officials that they need to resolve the issue of bacteria being present in the raw water supply. The village now has a time limit to respond and take remedial action.

Mayor Tina Callaway said this does not apply to the water actually distributed to consumers.

The tests have shown there is e. coli present in the water at Well 3 and high nitrates in the water at Well 4.

This has been controlled by using slightly higher levels of chlorine, said Utilities Superintendent Brent Nehls.

At times, the higher level of chlorine is noticeable, said board member Guy Rumler. It's "not terrible," he said, and preferable to the health risks of the e.coli.

An informal recommendation included buying water from the Robinson-Palestine Water Commission or shifting entirely over to Well 4 and giving bottled water to families with children under the age of six months.

The board voted to request a meeting with the EPA.

Parking in downtown Hutsonville also received some attention. One of the concerns was poor visibility from vehicles parking on the south side of the street facing the Hutsonville Coffee Shop.

Callaway said she has been in a number of near-accidents as a result.

A planter will be moved to the area to prevent parking in that location.

Trustees also talked about ways to encourage parking in the white-rock parking lot.

Mike Kraemer of Hutsonville Foods talked about his plans to expand the business by using the available Class A license and newly available video gaming. He said the expansion would be about 1,400 square feet, attached to the current building.

At this point he is preparing to approach an architect for the expansion, as it can take up to eight months for the gaming license alone.

"How in a town of 600 people can you discourage a business, any business?" asked village trustee Bruce Callaway.

Trustee John Brooks suggested the possibility of making tax abatements or other benefits available.

Callaway also mentioned that free digital adapters are available for Mediacom customers as the company prepares for an all-digital system. This dramatically improves the visual quality, she said.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a 2 percent raise for both full-time employees.

• Continued the contract with Republic at the current rates.

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