Geneseo approves bids for new well

Lisa Depies

A fourth water well for the City of Geneseo will be drilled north of town.

At the Tuesday, March 14 city council meeting, aldermen accepted a $68,931 bid from Brotcke Well and Pump, of Fenton, Mo., to drill the well.

The bid price is under the $70,000 estimate the city received for the project, said city administrator Lisa Kotter.

The well is part of a series of water and sewer projects the city is undertaking. Last year, aldermen approved a $2.5 million bond for the projects.

Geneseo’s water supply is provided by three wells, two of which sit on the north side of the Green River. A single line under the canal connects the wells to the rest of the city’s system.

Should anything go wrong with that crossing, the city has no way to get water from two of the city’s three wells to the city itself.

In addition to drilling the well, bond funds will be used to install an EPA-required second river crossing.

The EPA had strongly urged the city to install a fourth well. Without a fourth well, if the city’s current largest well is out of operation, the remaining two wells can’t meet the maximum daily demand for water.

At the Tuesday, March 14 meeting, aldermen also:

• Voted to spend $290,000 to purchase land at 250 E. Exchange St. from seller Priceless Purchase LLC. As part of the purchase agreement, the seller must demolish all buildings at foundations on the site by June 1.

• Approved spending $109,915 to replace sidewalks along South Oakwood Avenue. Emery Construction Group Inc., of Moline, was awarded the bid.

• Approved economic development incentives for DeDecker Plumbing & Heating. The Atkinson-based business recently purchased a building on Main Street. The company plans to open a Geneseo site in the former D&Z Sewing location. The city approved a 1% sales tax rebate for two years for sales within the city; a 20% rebate for the business’ electric, water and sewer bills for two years; and a 1% rebate on construction materials purchased at businesses in the city and used to remodel and upgrade the new location. The incentives are similar to those given to other new businesses in the community, said Kotter.

• Re-zoned property at 96 S. Spring St. from B-4 to B-3 to allow the construction of a structure with a garage on one end and living quarters on the other.