Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

July 17, 2013

Council OKs water deal with Teutopolis


Effingham Daily News

---- — NEWTON — Newton City Council voted at its meeting Tuesday to approve a deal to potentially supply the village of Teutopolis with up to 360,000 gallons of water a day.

Teutopolis village officials previously voted to approve building an 8-inch pipeline spanning the 21 miles between the cities, a project which will cost Teutopolis $1.6 million. However, the pipeline would enable the village to purchase water from Newton for significantly less than they are currently purchasing it from Effingham. Teutopolis is paying $3.91 per 1,000 gallons for water from Effingham and will pay $2.40 for the same amount from Newton.

A change was made to the original agreement drafted by Teutopolis Village Attorney Bill Austin following a stipulation that may have interpreted the agreement as being indefinite.

“They basically wanted a long-term agreement to buy themselves some piece of mind,” said Newton Mayor Mark Bolander. “They’re spending over $1.5 million on this.”

The city would be responsible for buying a meter to run water to Teutopolis while Teutopolis would pay for a booster station to manage the supply. The location of the booster station is still to be determined and work on the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2014.

The city council unanimously approved the agreement.

The city council also discussed a potential donation to the park department that would pay for a handicapped-accessible swing for Peterson Park. An anonymous donor has expressed interest in donating $2,000 to pay for and deliver the swing, which would be wheelchair accessible. The city would be required to pay for a walkway to the swing, as well as labor and maintenance of the swing. It would cost at least $3,000 to set up the swing and build a walkway to it.

The city has no handicapped-accessible play equipment in its parks.

Council members voted unanimously to accept the donation for the swing.

“There’s no reason not to do this,” said council member Rick Lindemann.

The council also discussed applying for a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program after heavy May and June rains. While it’s unclear whether Jasper County falls into the areas of Illinois which have been declared a disaster zone, Bolander said applying for the grant could help deal with drainage problems in the city.

“Basically, we’re still trying to pay the last monies with IKE for the detention areas here it town,” he said. “This could be more of the same. There’s lots we could still be doing.”

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.