MORRISON – The City Council could choose the site for its new sewer plant today, but the mayor already has ruled out Waterworks Park.
The council will have a closed session after its regular meeting tonight to discuss buying land for the plant.
After re-opening the doors, members might vote on the purchase and a request for its engineering firm to conduct a "due diligence" study of the land.
In June, the council gave Mayor Everett Pannier permission to seek offers from private landowners for a site on which to build the new $23 million wastewater treatment plant.
Pannier said he wanted a spot downstream from the current site in Waterworks Park. Although much of the project likely will be financed with a loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the land would have to be bought with existing funds or a loan from somewhere else, he told the council.
The engineer's cost estimate included $640,000 to buy a site south of the park.
Previously, residents and park users have complained the rebuilding of the plant in Waterworks, which would take up more space and require a pond, would hurt their property values and limit their use of the popular park.
In June, the mayor said he had two or three sites in mind for the plant, but declined to say where they were. The city hasn't revealed what site the council will consider at tonight's meeting.
Pannier couldn't be reached for comment Friday.
The Morrison City Council will meet at 7 tonight in the Whiteside County Board chambers in the County Courthouse, 400 N. Cherry St.
The council will consider a site for the city's new sewer plant.
For an agenda for this meeting, minutes from past meetings, and more information, go to www.morrisonil.org or call 815-772-7657.