GLENWOOD | The Village Board on Tuesday approved a new, 20-year water contract with Chicago Heights that will raise monthly rates.
The Village Board approved an ordinance that increases water rates in order to pass along delivery charges imposed by Chicago Heights.
Residents will pay an additional $1.10 delivery fee per 1,000 gallons of water used with their next bill.
Village President Kerry Durkin said the increase will result in the typical resident paying about $10 more per month.
Glenwood had considered litigation last year against Chicago Heights regarding a disagreement over ownership of the water line from which both municipalities receive water from Hammond.
Durkin had maintained that Glenwood was an equity partner on the line with Chicago Heights, while Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez took the position that his city is the sole owner of the line.
But in June, Durkin told the Village Board that it might be in Glenwood's best interest not to consider itself an owner because the village then would be partly responsible for maintenance on the line.
"There's gonna be some major construction being done on this line within the next year, I would say," Durkin said Tuesday.
He told the board prior to its vote that the new agreement with Chicago Heights would "close the book" on Glenwood's claim to being an equity owner.
Village Attorney John Donahue said the 20-year contract is nonexclusive.
"We buy water from them, but we're not bound to exclusively buy water from them," Donahue said. "If we can find another source, other than from Hammond, we can buy it from another source."
The Village Board also approved a $563,000 payment to Chicago Heights for outstanding water liability from its previous 30-year contract.
"The village of Glenwood has always known that we did owe them some money because there was some underpayments made under our prior contract," Durkin said.
In other village news:
• The Village Board unanimously approved an exclusive video gambling terminal location agreement with Tangent Gaming Capital, which will result in the addition of video gambling to the clubhouse of the village-owned Glenwoodie Golf Course.
The board heard a presentation from Tangent sales representative last week and was told the games are required to pay out at least 80 percent of what money is put into them.
Trustee Paul Styles suggested the village should encourage Tangent to install the machines as quickly as possible, since the board was told the application process with the Illinois Gaming Board would take eight months.
• The board also approved an agreement to bring AT&T U-verse service to Glenwood.
The board had postponed a vote on the agreement last month.
Styles said at that time he wanted more information regarding whether the control boxes needed to provide the television and Internet services would be installed in front of homes or behind them.
He expressed the same concern on Tuesday, and Patrick McAneney, public works director, said the location would be determined based upon each site visit.