Cambridge village board reviews financing for sewer work

Claudia Loucks
Cambridge's old village hall

    Village administrator Dwaine VanMeenen VanMeenen told village trustees on Monday, April 25, that most of the general fund revenue increase for 2011-12 is from $579,867 in Build America bonds, and $668,510 in water sewer fund.

     Part of the $1,365,000 in bonds was approved in late December so the village could proceed in developing the commercial park and five residential lots in Ridgeview Phase 3 as well as to improve sewer lines.

    VanMeenen said 350,000 gallons enter the sewage treatment facility on a normal day, but after large rains, the amount can increase to millions per day.

    “The EPA doesn’t like that,” he said.

    Trustees learned that Cambridge is contracting sewer line repair work with Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Silvis, and Coal Valley in an effort to lower costs.

    “The work will go out for bids in early July with work to be done in the fall,” VanMeenen said.  “By working together with the other communities, Cambridge will see a savings of $20,000 to $30,000.”

    The board also approved an increase in water and sewer service, with most residents seeing rates increase 36 cents per 1,000 gallons, from $3.60 to $3.96, beginning May 1.  Bulk rates for farmers and non-residents will increase from $10.77 to $11.85 per 1,000 gallons.

    It also was announced that a two-year contract was awarded to Detroit Edison, Detroit, Mich., to provide electrical billing. 

    VanMeenen said by bidding the contract out, “the village should save from $15,000 to $16,000 per year and the good part is with a two-year contract, we don’t have to worry about inflationary costs.”

    The board observed a moment of silence for former village attorney Scott Smith who died recently.  Bruce Carmen was introduced as the new village attorney.

    After the regular board meeting, trustees met to officially seat trustees who were recently elected to four-year terms, and they include incumbents Dale Doubler, Richard Burns and Al Hamilton.

    In other business, trustees:

    • Approved a liquor license fee increase of 10 percent.

    • Approved a bid quotation from Laverdiere Construction, Macomb, to extend East Oak Street 250 feet in the Cambridge Commercial Park 

    • Approved a resolution authorizing the village to participate in the State of I Illinois Federal Surplus Property Program which will allow the village to obtain surplus government property at little or no cost, such as generators and tools.

    • Approved hiring Carpe­ntier, Mitchell, Goddard & Co., Moline, at a fee of $9,600 to conduct financial audit for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011.

    • Learned that volunteers are needed to plant flowers in the downtown area and anyone interested should call the village office at (309) 937-2570.