SAUK VILLAGE | Village officials will conduct a hearing Tuesday to give local residents a chance to ask questions about an agreement the village intends to enter into with state government concerning the quality of the local water supply from village wells.
The hearing will be at 6:45 p.m. at Village Hall, 21801 Torrence Ave., immediately after a public hearing scheduled for 6:30. That hearing is for people who have questions about an April 9 referendum asking whether the village should use electricity aggregation to get lower utility rates for local residents. The village issued a notice on Friday.
Village officials say they want to participate in the agreement with the state, which would provide a low-interest loan that would let Sauk Village pay for improvements to its water treatment plants to provide a safe water supply.
The water treatment plants are at 2222 E. Sauk Trail, and at Poplar Lane and Carolina Drive.
Village officials say the cost of improvements would be about $5.3 million.
A project plan, summary and preliminary environmental impacts are now available at Village Hall, although information will be made available at the Tuesday meeting.
Sauk Village relies on a series of three wells for a fresh water supply, although one well has been shuttered and a second well was found last year to have unsafe levels of vinyl chloride. The problem was severe enough that village officials at one point last year were forced to distribute bottled water to local residents.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials later brought in air strippers, which are devices that help remove the substance from the water so it can evaporate into the air.