The Charleston City Council voted 4-0 to rebuild the $189,468 ozone generator at the water treatment plant during Tuesday night’s meeting.
The old generator served the plant for more than 17 years after its manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric, discontinued service in the United States.
Ozone is a gas commonly used to oxidize and remove contaminants from water.
The Board approved the re-commitment of $200,000 in sewer funds for fiscal year 2023 for the purchase of previously required equipment.
The old funds were intended for the construction of pipes, but after a conversation with contractors, the city would benefit from a project on a larger scale.
The soon-to-be-purchased equipment was billed in fiscal year 2022 but was not purchased due to complications. Construction of the pipeline is expected to be completed in fiscal year 2024.
With the funds reallocated, the purchase of a Ford F450 at $62,000, a Ford F250 at $37,000, a push camera to help maintain the pipes at $15,000, software upgrades and computer costs of $43,000 and the first phase of cleaning the sedimentation basin.
Council approved the addition of a stop sign at Retriever Run and Red Bud Road.
Council has approved several street closures for July 4 celebrations on July 2, 3 and 4.
The Habitat for Humanity Run will begin at 8:00 a.m. and run through Charleston. A link to the track with street closures can be viewed here.
Street closures for the Red, White and Blue Day festivities will take place from July 2 to July 4.
- On July 2, 2nd Street from Lincoln Avenue to Pierce Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- On July 3, 2nd Street from Lincoln Avenue to Pierce Avenue will be closed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- 4th of July, Monroe Avenue from 6th Street to 7th Street, Jackson Avenue from 5th Street to 7th Street, 7th Street from Jackson Avenue to Monroe Avenue, 6th Street from Monroe Avenue to Polk Avenue, Polk Avenue from 6th Street to Division Street and Division Street from Polk Avenue to Grant Avenue.
The Council authorized the Charleston Fire Department to dispose of the surplus equipment.
The fire department purchased new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in November, and the new equipment is not compatible. The new equipment will be donated to the University of Illinois/Illinois Fire Service Institute Board of Trustees in exchange for two seats for an upcoming fire academy.
The mayor nominated Rich Wandling and Brian Nordin for three-year terms on the Charleston Tree Commission and Andreea Chiritescu for a three-year term on the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Board.
Rob Le Cates is a second-year journalism student. It can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]