The running of water and sewer lines to a new home on the west side of Hutsonville was the focus of Monday night's village board meeting.
More than a year ago, local resident and business owner Robin Guyer informed the board he was interested in building a housing addition on property he owns on the west side of town and wanted to know about water and sewer access from the village.
Specifically, he wanted to know if the village would be willing to share the cost of installing a sewer main to the proposed subdivision.
At the time Guyer said he was considering building six or seven homes, but had no formal plan. Village officials told Guyer that if he brought back a design plan they could discuss options.
According to Village Clerk Tina Callaway, Guyer has never submitted a plan, but did apply for a single building permit to construct a duplex-type home. Also approved was an access drive off of Clover Street across from Third. The drive will give access to a cellular-phone tower and the subdivision.
As the house nears completion, Guyer is now asking the village about water and sewer connections. The water connection is expected to follow the new access road and connect to the water main running on the south side of Clover. The sewer connection is raising questions.
According to Callaway and Utility Supervisor Brent Nehls, Guyer would like to see the village install a sewer main, but, without formal plans the village does not want to invest what could cost $40,000 to $50,000 in a project for one house. The village will allow Guyer to connect to the sewer system, just as it would for any new home construction in the village, but running the 600 feet of sewer line will be at his expense.
Callaway told the board she and Nehls would be in contact with Guyer to work out details of the situation and gather more information about a possible sewer main. Callaway said the village has always been willing to work with anyone, and would be interested in sharing costs if formal plans are submitted.
Also at the meeting, trustees noted that electrical aggregation opt-out letters have gone out to eligible electrical customers in the village. Anyone who has not received a letter who wants one should contact the village office in the Farmers and Merchants Bank.
The village's NPDES permit has been on display for the past month and is expected to be approved by the state. The five-year permit regulates discharge of the villages waste water treatment plant.
In other business, Mayor Bernie Gray commended the those who decorated the downtown and river area for the holidays, and the board recognized local businesses Alluring Salon and Wabash Coffee Shop for their recent building upgrades.