Minooka and Channahon work together on Brisbin infrastructure
By Kris Stadalsky For The Herald-News September 5, 2012 8:00AM
Updated: October 9, 2012 2:20PM
MINOOKA — By working together, the villages of Minooka and Channahon are embarking on a mission to find the best way to service the water and sewer needs of the new Brisbin Road interchange.
The two villages are jointly applying for a federal grant that will assist in researching ways to service the new industrial commercial area without affecting the infrastructure already in place.
“(We need to find) how we can service those areas and not impact current residents or current services,” Minooka Village Administrator Dan Duffy said last week. “The idea is to have development pay for itself.”
Minooka trustees have already approved their portion of the cost to hire North Central Illinois Council of Governments for assistance in preparing, applying and hopefully securing the grant.
Each municipality will pay $2,500 to the council for the service.
If the grant application is successful, it could open the door for the municipalities to apply for a much larger federal grant that could pay up to 50 percent to construct a wastewater treatment facility, up to $3 million.
“We have to first do the research grant to establish our need and costs,” Duffy said.
That research will include whether it’s more feasible for the municipalities to build a jointly owned facility or each have their own to service their areas.
Minooka has jurisdiction over the northeast section of the interchange and Channahon has jurisdiction over the southeast corner.