Winfield pact passes county council
Star Staff Writer
CRown Point - The Lake County Council passed an interlocal agreement
with the Town of Winfield over road maintenance and snow removal
Because of a lack of resources, Winfield has asked
the county to pick up certain functions until the town acquires a new
truck and equipment.
The two roads that will be plowed by the county will
be 109th and Randolph Street.
The town will be charged for services and the
agreement will last from Oct. 16 to April 30, 2001.
In other business, the council approved the location
of new stop signs. One will be located on Arizona Street southbound to
stop for East 145th Ave. and three stop signs along Birch Street. Two of
the signs will be located at East and Westbound to stop for Oak Street,
and one at Sycamore Street North and southbound at Birch Street.
Costs could sink water clean plan in
Questions surface on filtering recipients for water filters
By Kathie Godfrey
LOWELL - Council members who want to offer some short-term relief to
residents plagued with rusty brown water were in a quandary Monday
regarding how to decide who will get free filtration systems and
replacement cartridges from the town and how the town will pay for the
program. Town Council President Bob Hatch (R-3rd), quoted a low unit
price of $22.95 for U-25 whole house filtration system with replacement
filters at $6 each from retailer Menards.
Installation - which could be done by licensed
plumbers or by individual homeowners - would be the responsibility of
water customers themselves. But when councilwoman Karen Brooker (R-2nd),
asked Clerk Treasurer Judy Walters how the town would fund the relief
Walter replied, "You tell me."
Walters said 2,578 residential ratepayers are currently served by
Lowell's water treatment plant. "We're charging a premium rate for
water and the service is not good. We're not going to deny that,"
Hatch admitted, adding that not every home was affected.
Regarding requests for filtration systems, Hatch said
"taking folks word for it is good enough for me."
"Some people don't call and complain,"
Walters said, "Once you start offering filter systems, everyone is
going to want one." Walters also said residents of the Hilltop
subdivision to which systems had been supplied during a similar
filtration program offered from May 1996 to November 1997 have requested
free replacement cartridges from the town. Councilman Ray Talarek, R-lst,
said he thought staff was aware of exactly where in town the worst water
"Complaints are equally spread throughout the
town," replied Mark Downey of Commonwealth Engineers. "They're
coming in from all over."
The council agreed to supply filter cartridges to
Hilltop residents and to let let Dal Corobbo research requests for
filtration systems for the next council meeting on Oct. 23.