City pursues IEPA loan for sewer projects
by Terra Temple
May 22, 2013 | 1588 views | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During its May 13 meeting, the Metropolis City Council voted unanimously authorizing HMG Engineers Inc. to proceed with a low-interest loan application from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) for an estimated $8.9 million worth of sewer system projects. Alderman Richard Corzine was absent from the council meeting.

The decision followed two weeks of Water Street Light Committee meetings, on May 1 and May 7, during which former HMG Engineers Inc. representative Joe Matesevac presented an updated schedule for the city’s sewer separation project. Matesevac’s last day with HMG Engineers was May 8; he is serving as assistant county highway engineer, assuming the role of county highway engineer on July 1, following Massac County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco’s retirement on June 30.

The potential loan money is being made available through a Clean Water Initiative program announced by Gov. Pat Quinn in February. The program will increase the amount of funding available for the Water Pollution Control Loan Program and water infrastructure projects in the State of Illinois. The loan is only available for the current funding cycle and and covers a three-year period of time, through June 2016.

Matesevac emphasized during those meetings that this is a one-time shot at this funding.

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