Originally Posted Online: Jan. 06, 2010, 5:49 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 06, 2010, 7:35 pm

Fair Acres in Silvis could see sewer system update

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By Seth Kabala, seth@sethkabala.com

SILVIS -- The city council on Monday discussed plans for a $350,000 community development assistance grant from the state.

The money, along with $350,000 provided by the city, will be used to connect homes in the Fair Acres subdivision to the city's sewer system.

Bi-State Regional Commission planner Reed Panther told the council some of of the septic systems at homes there are starting to fail.

Fair Acres is immediately north of Bowelsburg Elementary in the blocks of 10th Street and 21st and 22nd avenues and covers 64 homes, 30 of which qualify as moderate to low income housing units. Each of the 30 is eligible to receive $900 from the city to help with the cost of connecting to the new lines.

A call for bids is expected in the next few months, Mr. Panther said. According to grant guidelines, all $350,000 must be expended by September 2011.

Mayor William Fox said the city will raise its $350,000 with infrastructure taxes and a special assessment on affected residents. The city already has informed affected residents of the assessment, Mayor Fox said. "We went over that with them real well," he said.

The council also discussed adding e-billing and pay functions for water bills and traffic violations. The city will seek software ideas and bids.

"We're trying to do things to keep Silvis the 'City of Progress' and make things easier for residents," city clerk Jim Nelson said.

He and public services chairman Ald. Caryn Unsicker, 4th Ward, are leading the project. "The rest of them (other local municipalities) already have this," Ald. Unsicker said. "We think we should get on board."

A public services committee meeting to discuss the project is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Monday.