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City Got "The Government is Going to Help You" Letter By Mike Lakln The Environmental Protection Agency EPA) sent the city a letter. The city has 180-days to come up with a plan to add a water well. Officially the city was told to find a new source of water. The EPA explained that it all relates to Nitrates. The city has in operation wells 4, 5, and 6 that deliver drinking water to Mt. Pulaski customers. Well 4 has a reading of -0- Nitrates (a really good thing). Well 5 has a read- ing of 7-Nitrates (a good thing). Well 6 has a read- nag of 13-Nitrates (not a good thing). As long as all three wells are providing water to city customers the Nitrate level is under control and all is "well" with the EPA. If well 6 (the high Nitrate well) is shut down, wells 4 & 5 are OK with the Nitrate level being produced - but the Nitrate level would be tapping at the maximum level allowed by the EPA. What the EPA decided is that the city is man- dated to find a new well as an additional water source to maintain proper Nitrate levels. The city has looked into this over the last two years. The main source of another well is across Salt Creek. That water source area has iron and man- ganese levels that exceed EPA levels. But that has to be the city's new well area. A few years ago the city spent $20,000 to sink seven test wells and do a water survey in the area circling Mt. Pulaski. The only area found to have the water volume to pro- vide water to city custom- ers is where the wells are now located. What will happen... The city will drill a new well at a cost of about $100,000. To take care of the newly created iron and manganese problem the city will construct a water filtration plant next to well 6. This plant will include a filtration lagoon. Cost is $300,000 +. To add a filtration lagoon, the city will have to purchase additional land, land it does not now own. Cost is $? To meet EPA require- ments, the city will have to bare an engineering firm to do the planning and bring the project to construction phase. Cost is $? Unless you live under the proverbial rock, you know there is no funding that can come from state and federal sources. The city will have to fund the project that could easily reach the neighborhood of $500,000 +. Mike Patridge said there is a no interest loan. But that loan would require the city to triple the monthly water and sewer bills. Yes. To borrow money using a no interest loan would make your monthly water and sewer bill triple (3X) what you now pay. Mike added that the city is in relatively good financial shape. Most long-term bonds have been retired. To finance this project - and keep the financing reasonable - the city will need to explore financing sources. After taking all this in, the Council voted to hire Foth Engineering. The consultants have done several projects with the city over the years and have earned the city's confidence when it comes to keeping projects afford- able. City Council Briefs By Mike Lakin Chief Lynn Freer served notices on residents for weed, tall grass, and inop- erable vehicles code violations. Some responses were negative. Roger Griffith of 701 S. Marion was hired as part-time-temporary streets, alleys, and such employee. Three appli- cations were filed with the city. Chief Freer did background checks. The City Council voted to approve giving department heads (Mike Patridge and Lynn Freer) authority to hire and discharge anyone in their respective departments. LP fueled gas pump for Elkhart Road lift station will be in, in late September. The lift station will be in operation by early November. Dates are goals. Culligan Water Products August 20, 2011 better water, pure and simple; Did You Know - A 98 year old woman in California has earned her 10th degree black belt, the first woman to ever do so. Disney has stopped production on a "Lone Ranger" movie starring Johnny Depp because of an estimated $200 Million budget. A driver in the UK lost his license for a year after being caught using two cell phones while driving. Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Water Softeners Iron Filters Bottled Water Joel & Deanna Jacobs Eddie Combs 318 N. Chicago St. - Lincoln 735-4450 Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community Bank, we're committed to the community where we live and work. Committed to making all our decisions locally and remaining focused on the needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski THE FAIRMERS me B A N K oral be Ot Ban. g# I_,oocn (Yot;g . Sbce 1872 ,92-5211 www.farm-bank.com Mt. Pulaski Times 7