NEWS FROM CITY OF COLLINSVILLE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Collinsville Water Plant Construction Approved by City Council
Collinsville, Illinois - December 03, 2013 - At a Special Meeting/Strategic Session of City Council held on 23rd, the Mayor and City Council members agreed to building a new Water Treatment Plant. The current Plant is over 60 years old and is in dire need of upgrades & improvements. With the amount of wear and tear the Plant takes on a daily basis, renovation is out of the question - and new construction is in.
“This project has been a long time in the making,” stated Collinsville Water & Sewer Director Dennis Kress. “It would be very difficult and terribly expensive to try and renovate the existing Plant. After several Plant visits, meetings with engineering firms, cost estimates, etc. it has been determined that it is in the best interest of the City and the residents to build new.” Kress also mentioned that the 38% increase in water rates is significantly less than what it would have been if the City tried to renovate the old Plant. Even purchasing water from a provider such as Illinois American would result in a considerably higher water rate for our citizens.
Come January, Collinsville water customers will see an increase in their water bills. City staff in the Water and Finance Departments estimate a 38% increase, or $1.27 per 1,000 gallons used. “It’s important to note that this increase is not a result of budget deficits,” says Kress. “It’s due to the construction of a whole new Water Plant altogether.”
City Manager Scott Williams stated, “Our (the City) mindset is that constructing a new Plant is the best way to maintain quality infrastructure and facilities that will provide optimal service to City residents at the most reasonable cost.”
A Special Meeting regarding the rate increase has been scheduled for Monday, December 9th at 6:00PM in the City Council Chambers. Public input is encouraged.
The Mission of the City of Collinsville is to provide superior municipal services through an engaged workforce and by partnering with the community while being responsible stewards of the public tax dollars resulting in satisfied customers.
Additional Information Contact:
Julie A. Jackson
(618) 346-5200, EXT. 1122