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Council considering annexing mobile home park

Owner says he wants residents to have cleaner water

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

ROCK FALLS – City Council members may vote tonight on whether to annex Riverside Mobile Estates.

The landowners are requesting the annexation. The mobile home park at 901 Regan Road, off U.S. Route 30 at the Rock River, has had high levels of nitrates in its water supply, and owners want to hook into the city water system, Mayor David Blanton said.

About 60 to 70 families, mostly retired citizens, live in the park, the mayor said.

The city installed a master meter out to the mobile home park. The internal water system will be the responsibility of the owner, Franklin DeHaan, City Administrator Robbin Blackert said.

DeHaan said the park’s water has tested clear for nitrates for 3 years, but also is rusty. He hopes hooking up to the city’s system will provide cleaner water.

The city is not charging the mobile home park to link into its system, Blackert said.

DeHaan said he did not yet know how much the mobile home park’s cost will be to link in. Afterward, residents will have a base $16.94 a month city water bill, he said.

The city had a public hearing on the annexation at its Dec. 4 meeting. The council agreed to table the vote until tonight, so DeHaan’s attorney could tie up some legal loose ends, Blanton said.

Becoming a part of the city will give the residents “much better water than they’ve had for many years,” Blanton said.

To attend

The Rock Falls City Council meets at 6:30 tonight at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St. The meeting also airs live on Comcast Channel 5.

The agenda is available at and at City Hall. Call 815-622-1100 for more information.

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