Kewanee City Council last night adopted a resolution to forward a compliance schedule to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency relative to the proposed standards for discharged chlorine from the Sewer Treatment Plant in Kewanee.
City Manager Kip Spear explained that the city must apply for a permit every five years and at the current time, the amount of chlorine that is expelled from the treatment plant very slightly exceeds the amount that is legally permissible. Curiously, the amount that is in the water system has been approved for human consumption but the amount exceeds what is considered acceptable for downstream ecosystems. The City Manager also explained that there are various treatments available but most carry a heavy price tag.
In the end, council members approved the measure which seeks a three year stay from the state to study the issue and consider a course of action.
Council also adopted a resolution to authorize the appropriate easements for storm sewer relocation and related work at 410 w. Second street.
City Council members also authorized an agreement with Midwest Illinois Concrete Construction of Galesburg for the 2013 Sidewalk Restoration Program.
Council members also granted permission last night to both the Kewanee and Wethersfield School Districts to hold their respective Homecoming Parades.
The Kewanee Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, September 27th while the Wethersfield Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, October 11th.
Council also granted permission to the Kewanee School District to block off part of East Third street on the evening of September 26th for the Homecoming Bonfire which will be held right across the street from Kewanee High School.
And Mayor Bruce Tossell also read a proclamation last night for United States Constitution Week which will be observed September 17th through the 23rd.