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"It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain sMALL'[OWN pAPERS INC 17 W cOTA 12mttls : ZI' 2 -2263 sHELI'ON WA 98584 II By Mike Lakin Alderman Andrew Neaville brought up a proposed change in the city's water license. Currently the city oper- ates under Mike Patridge's water license through a contract with Lyle Fout. No city employee has a water license. Andrew said he had been looking into the city joining a cooperative, E.J. Water Cooperative, Inc. According to their website, EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. was incorporated in June of 1989 and is located in Dieterich, Illinois. The cooperative is a multi-county regional water system, serving mem- bers in Effingham, Jasper, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Richland, Shelby, Fayette, Crawford, Montgomery, and Chris- tian Counties. It has over 2,000 miles of water mains and has over 10,000 members. E.J. Water Cooperative, Inc. serves a population base of approxi- mately 30,000. It also wholesales water to the Villages of Clay City, Dieterich, Edgewood, Louisville, Mason, St. Peter, Watson, Ste. Marie and Fayette Water Company. It interconnects with Effing- ham, Newton, Moultrie Rural Water, Shelbyville, and Hardinville Water Com- pany. EJ Water has over 25 full and part-time staff. Alderman Neaville said that the city currently pays Mike Patridge $1,200 a month, $14,400 through Four Construc- tion for the use of his water license. According to .Andrew, the city could operate under the EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. water license at a cost of $450 per month plus time and mileage, a total of $5,400. The "plus time and mileage" wasn't explained, but Neaville said the annual cost would be a substantial sav- ings. In addition to the water license, Andrew said EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. has resources in the way of technology that allows a resident to check their water usage online at any time. Alderman Pete Howe said Mike Pat- ridge's years of knowledge of the city is worth the amount being paid at this time. He said the city couldn't afford to change the water license: Cont'd on Page 13 e" . ~..~ ~;i;~ ~. rw k December 21 - Construction moves along on the addition at Vondeflieth Living Center. This building will house the Springfield Clinic office of Dr. Erin Schafer and the Sav-Mor Pharmacy. While located adjacent to VLC and owned by VLC, both Dr. Schafer and the pharmacy will open to serve the general public. At the ground breaking, it was stated the facility could be completed March - weather permitting. The weather has certainly been cooperating. Times Photos 217-303-6159 Published Twice A Month - 24 Issues A Year December 24, 2015 Sl