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No major cause found for village flooding

Granville addresses multiple infrastructure concerns

Jared Baker
Granville village president
Jared Baker Granville village president

GRANVILLE — During their June 19 board meeting, Granville Village Board members heard the results of the first round of smoke testing that they hope will identify the causes of previous widespread flooding.

Mike Richetta, of Chamlin & Associates, reported the results of the recent smoke testing of the village’s storm sewers.

While the testing did identify multiple areas for improvements and repairs, he said he was disappointed it didn’t reveal the major problem he had expected.

However, the testing went faster than estimated, and at that point, there were still two days of testing left. He said if that testing moves along as quickly as the first round, much of the village may be able to be inspected. He added he’s still hopeful a major cause of the past flooding will be identified.

The board discussed the ongoing problems with the waste water treatment plant’s polymer and drainage tiles. Richetta recommended the existing sludge be removed and disposed of by Stewart Spreading, of LaSalle.

Once it’s been cleared out, he also recommended the area below the facility’s drainage tiles be inspected and cleaned to help with the polymer’s drying. Other areas that will be inspected, along with the polymer and tiles, will be the plant’s digester system.

New electric rate for pumping, well station

The board approved a new three-year contract for electricity at the village’s pumping and well station. The current contract, which expires in December, is with Constellation Energy at a rate of .051 per kwh and an estimated annual cost of $27,632.

The village’s new provider will be Dynegy at a rate of .044 per kwh and an annual estimated cost of $23,866.

In other board news

• Village attorney Brad Popurella reported the revised tax bills have been sent out.

• The board passed an ordinance that will allow the village to be paid franchise fees by Mediacom.

• Public Works Superintendent Sheli Starkey reported the work at the waste water plant is done and also said the new well is operational.

• Ameren will soon be in the village to trim trees.

• Board member Tina Dolder announced the final Field of Dreams will be held at 6 p.m. on July 21 in tribute to the event’s founder, Darrell Alleman.

• Granville will host its first Granville Days 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. on Aug. 4 in Hopkins Park, and it will be held rain or shine. Awards will be given to the overall top male and female runners, as well as the top resident runners and the top three male and female runners in each age group. Visit the village hall for entry forms or more information.

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