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January 22, 2018

1/11/2018 2:05:00 PM
Hutsonville makes progress on water utility permits
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The Village of Hutsonville now has two of the three water and wastewater permits it needs after Tuesday night's meeting.

The trustees also hired a part-time police officer, approved a franchise contract with Ameren and heard a report on street signs.

According to Mayor Tina Callaway, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency believes the village's wastewater operator contractor has too many duties, and would not approve the contract.

For the last several years Shannon Woodard has served as a contract wastewater and water plant operator. Village employee Rob Plew performs most of the day-to-day duties, but Woodard holds the required certifications, which has worked well for the village.

When sending in the contracts for approval this time both the water and wastewater contracts were rejected, and have required several letters and phone calls to get things straightened out.

The village has received approval for the water plant operator contract and recently was issued the NPDES Draft Permit, but as of yet have not had the wastewater plant operator contract approved. Callaway reported that Woodard would be contacting the IEPA before Jan. 15 to resolve the issue.

In 1938 Ameren entered into a franchise contract with the village to supply electricity. In 2012 Ameren asked to renew that contract, and have again asked to renew the contract for another 20 years. As there are no other electric suppliers in the area, and Ameren is offering a $2,600 franchise fee, the board approved the contract.

Robinson Police Officer Matt McClenathan was hired as a part-time Hutsonville officer. McClenathan works nights for Robinson, and will work start and end of school shifts in conjunction with his Robinson duties.

In other police-related news, Kyle Anderson is off to police academy for six weeks. During this time he is considered a full-time employee of the village, but will go to part-time status upon completion.

The rectangular street name signs are due for mandatory replacement this year. Crawford County Engineer Justin Childress will be working with the village to make that changeover.

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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