$5M IEPA loan sought for treatment plant

By on March 13, 2010

Larger facility needed for future development
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park officials want to make sure the village’s wastewater treatment system is adequate for future development. However, meeting that goal will require $5 million.

That is the estimated cost of a new wastewater treatment plant, which will have more than twice the capacity of the existing one, said the facility designer hired by the village, Jeremy Lin of Lintech Engineering.

At Lin’s urging during Tuesday’s Maple Park Infrastructure Committee meeting, village officials decided to apply to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency by the March 31 deadline for a loan funded by federal economic stimulus money.

Lin said that applying now is crucial because of the competition for funding.

“It (the application) is something that has to get done,” Lin said. “You have to get on the list.”

The IEPA application review process could take some time because of the backlog of applications for the funding from municipalities and counties throughout the state, Lin said.

“You’re probably not likely to get the money this year, but possibly next year,” Lin said.

If approved for the funding, the village would be able to borrow the money for little or no interest, and would pay the IEPA back through future developer contributions, village officials said.

The larger wastewater treatment plant will be needed before a 469-home development planned by John Clare Ltd. can be built at County Line Road and Route 38.

“With another development (in Maple park), the existing treatment plant would not have sufficient capacity,” Lin said.

John Clare Ltd. recently obtained a five-year extension from the village for the project but still plans to build when the economy improves.

The new wastewater treatment plant will have up-to-date technology, including computer monitoring of flows, blower and screening buildings, a holding tank and a pump station.

Village officials want to build the new plant near the existing one on Maple Park Road, which consists of an aerated lagoon employing dated technology.