Funds will replace water tower, provide new well

The Village of Bishop Hill received some big news in regard to its water tower and water system at Wednesday’s (Sept. 13) board meeting.

The village learned it has been awarded a loan of $490,000 and grant of $1,340,000 through the state’s Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal program.

With the nearly $2 million — $1,830,000 in total — the funds will allow the village to get a new elevated water tower, water main extensions and drill a new well to provide a back-up water system. 

Village officials said the improvements are vital to Bishop Hill’s water supply, and the project will provide safe drinking water for the community.

The $490,000 loan will have an interest rate of two percent. The project is expected to go out for bid in early 2018.

The project sheet for the proposed upgrades reported the population of Bishop Hill at 128 residents with a median household income of $42,500.

In other village board business:

 The board approved the parking plan for this weekend’s Jordbruksdagarna fall festival. 

Village officials noted the people mover will be in Bishop Hill Saturday and will make four stops throughout the village for the 46th annual ag days celebration.

 The board unanimously voted to donate $100 to the Youth Service Bureau.

 Board member Ben Strand was absent from the meeting.