The wholesalers, in turn, set their own rates for the water associations they represent.
In other news, the council:
• Approved a resolution that allows the Effingham Central Business District to have the annual Taste of Freedom public event. The event requires street closure in the downtown area from approximately 3:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 20.
• Approved a change to the annual parade route taken before the Fourth of July fireworks display. The route will now follow the Homecoming Parade route, which includes crossing state routes, beginning at Second Street and East Jefferson Avenue and ending at Effingham High School. Additional closure of First Street and Second Street, from East Jefferson Avenue to Roadway Avenue from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The parade will start at 5 p.m.
• Accepted a bid for the reconstruction of Douglas Avenue in the amount of $338,698.95 from Effingham Asphalt Co., which was the lowest responsive bidder. The project is being partially funded by a $100,000 Illinois Jobs Now Grant.
• Approved Johnson Funeral Home’s application to participate in the city’s Pick It Up, Effingham! litter abatement program. They have agreed to adopt the area on Charlotte Street, from Rickelman Avenue to Ford Avenue.
• Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Helen Matthes Library for a parcel of land along Washington Avenue owned by the city that was omitted when the city transferred ownership of the new location of the library at the former Fifth Third Bank building to the library.
• Set the next city council meeting for Thursday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m.
According to Arndt, several members of the council have scheduling conflicts with the regular Tuesday meeting.
Tony Huffman can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, at tony.huffman@effinghamdaily news.com or on Twitter @Ednthuffman.