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On Monday night, Kewanee City Council member Mike Yaklich requested further information regarding the ongoing issues at the Kewanee Boiler Shop property. Most recent information has the City of Kewanee seeking grants to help with the clean up of the area, something that Mr Yaklich stated that he felt the owner of the property should have to take care of on their own. In an interview with WKEI on Tuesday, Kewanee Mayor Gary Moore addressed the situation wherein the alleged owners of the property, Womack Wrecking have claimed that they no longer own the property... 

Of significant concern to the City of Kewanee as well as the Henry and Stark County Health Department is a well on the property. The well is linked to the Kewanee water supply and was, by law, required to remain capped. However, at some point during the scrapping of the property by then owners, Womack Wrecking, the cap on the well was removed and allegedly sold as scrapped, leaving the well exposed. 

The situation with the well on the Boiler Shop Property has led some to worry for the Kewanee Water Supply due to the well being exposed without a cap. Mayor Moore tells WKEI that this is a concern but not an immediate one and not one that should cause any significant alarm... 

The Henry and Stark County Health Department is monitoring the site for any potential contamination. The City of Kewanee is working closely with the Health Department as well as the Illinois EPA. Attempts to contact Womack Wrecking regarding the property have not been successful as of this writing.