DIXON – The city's next budget calls for about $2.1 million in water and sewer capital projects geared toward infrastructure and other improvements.
The City Council reviewed the list of fiscal year 2019 projects Monday during its second budget workshop and continued talks of possibly merging the water and wastewater department funds to avoid a deficit in the water fund that's projected in the next 5 years.
Proposed water projects total $888,000 with the largest being re-lining the Palmyra Street water main, which has been problematic for years, from Tile Factory Road to Fourth Avenue.
The project will cost about $510,000, but $220,000 will come from a Community Development Assistance Program grant the city received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
It's also a pilot project to try out a circular line system rather than a dead-end line, creating a new 6 inch line running from the north side of Palmyra Street and a new 12-inch line at Fourth Avenue to connect the two mains.
"Given the volume of problems we've had in this area, it's a great place to start," Public Works Director Matt Heckman said.
The main wastewater project is to spend $750,000 replacing influent screens and the wash press at the wastewater treatment plant, which keep things like rags, papers, clothes, chunks of grease and other items from clogging up the system.
City Manager Danny Langloss said the screens have worn out and are causing a lot of maintenance issues, making it a top priority.
The city is researching combining the two funds as the water department has higher operating and infrastructure costs, and it's positioned to be about $50,000 in the red in 5 years.
Combining the funds could also mean the city wouldn't need to spend $1.2 million in Rita Crundwell recovery dollars to replace the South Galena Avenue water main between River and Fourth streets.
The City Council's next budget workshop will be at 3 p.m. today at City Hall, 121 W. Second St.
Go to discoverdixon.org or call City Hall at 815-288-1485 for an agenda or more information.