Village seeks $14 million for plant expansion

Application under way for state loan of stimulus funds
by Martha Quetsch
Elburn—Additional residential developments in Elburn will require a larger wastewater treatment plant, village officials said.

Although they do not anticipate development soon because of the building slow-down, they expect it to occur someday and want to be prepared.

“We have to have the plant online before the development occurs,” Public Works Superintendent John Nevenhoven said.

The planned expansion would double the plant’s wastewater capacity at a cost of $14 million.

The village is seeking financing for the project, which developer impact fees will help pay off later.

Village officials hope that the financing will come from a zero-interest, long-term loan, and a possibly a grant, from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). The IEPA is funding the loan program for public works projects statewide with money from the federal economic stimulus program.

The village is in the process of completing IEPA requirements for the funding application, including engineering plans, Nevenhoven said. Because so many communities are seeking the federally funded state loans for public works projects, obtaining the money could be a long process, he said.

Meantime, the wastewater treatment plant has enough capacity for the village’s current and projected population if existing subdivisions such as Blackberry Creek are fully built, Nevenhoven said.

Completing the requirements for the IEPA application will prepare the village to seek other sources of funding, if necessary, for the plant expansion.

“We will have the engineering plans so that we can build it when we find financing,” Nevenhoven said.