The Village of Palestine is continuing to move forward on a project to make improvements on the sewer lagoon and sewer lines in the village.
Board members heard Thursday night that the initial engineering for the lagoon project has been completed and the information sent to the USDA. The village is working with the USDA on a rural development grant for the projects, but will also need a loan - which is making some board members nervous.
Pat Schofield said the USDA will take a number of factors into consideration, such as the overall financial condition of the village, before determining the amount of the grant money available and the amount of the loan.
"It's important to remember that we're not just leaving future generations with debt," Schofield said. "We will be leaving them with a better sewer system."
Department of Public Works Superintendent Kathy Clark said it's hoped that the improved aeration of the lagoon will avoid the need to dredge the lagoon in the future, which could cost the village millions of dollars. She noted there are now trees and grass growing at the lagoon that crews cannot reach, which are contributing to algae problems. She added that with the improved aeration, the rip-rap around the lagoon needs to also be improved.
Another aspect of the project would be to use robots in the sewer lines to accurately map and inspect them to pinpoint problem areas for future improvements.
In other business, Palestine Mayor Rob Byrley said the bridge work that is planned on South Main Street is being delayed by title work.
Board members also gave approval of a special use permit for the Labor Day beer tent for the rodeo at Leaverton Park.
Palestine Chief of Police Jeff Besing is reminding drivers that school zone speed limits will be strictly enforced as classes begin later this month. Besing said he plans to be at Palestine Grade School on the first day students return to help welcome them back to school.
The 101st Airborne Marching Band will be returning to Palestine for the Labor Day festivities. They plan to play the National Anthem at the rodeo and also to march in the Labor Day Parade.
Byrley said fall cleanup days in Palestine will be Oct. 23-25 and reminded residents the crews will only be going through each neighborhood once.