Brookport Mayor Tami Wessel called a special meeting June 4 to discuss the rehabilitation of Brookport's water system.

Jim Brown of Brown Engineering and Leeann Denny of the Department of Agriculture Rural Development were present to discuss the project.

Previous plans done by Brown were approved by Rural Development engineers. Now it is time to apply for a grant.

Denny was able to find funds for a combination $1.8 million grant and a $1 million loan totaling $2.8 million. The loan would be around 2.5 percent.

Brookport is currently paying back a 40-year revenue bond from 2008 at 4.5 percent. Since payments have been made on time for 15 years, Brookport can be considered for a second loan. This will translate to an increase of about $9 a month in a resident's water bill.

After reviewing the figures, Scott Martin, Ward 3 alderman, stated, "There is no doubt this project is needed to replace old cast iron water mains and find leaks. There is over 40 percent of water loss from what the well is pumping and what is being used.

Martin concluded: "Some of the loss is due to the frequent flushing of hydrants every week.

"Many communities only flush once every six months. Not only is water being lost, but that includes all the chemicals and man hours used to do the flushing," Martin added.

If the application is successful, Denny stated the money will be locked in for Brookport for two years.

Brown is ready to submit a final design.

The city will make a public notice about submitting an application for financial assistance. Bids will be sought for the lowest responsible bid.

With two aldermen absent and one position unfilled, a decision could not be made.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday, June 25 at 4 p.m. in council chambers so the community can hear the details.

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