Lead Service Line

(City of Wheaton, Illinois photo)

In a 6-0 vote, Montgomery trustees, at their meeting earlier this week, gave authorization for the signing of loan documents to offer lead line replacement to the roughly 105 homes in the community that have lead lines.

Montgomery Director of Finance Justin VanVooren explained that the loan agreement is through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for a 100 percent forgivable loan up to $1 million.

Montgomery's loan would be for $1.85 million, with remaining funds used from 2017 bonds. While considerably less than many other communities, Montgomery's replacement amount more than doubled from the original estimate.

VanVooren explained.

Village Engineering consultant Pete Wallers said the village hopes to complete the project in mid-2020.

Wallers added that a significant portion of the homes needing replacement lines are on slabs, which requires drilling through the floor with no basement available. He was asked what happens if residents refuse to allow the village to replace the lines.

A $500 inconvenience check would also be given for the one-to-two day construction. Lead line replacement has been discussed around the state for the past few years. Cities like Chicago have around 380,000 lead service lines.

Montgomery Trustee Doug Marecek said he has heard praise for the village offering the replacement through the forgivable loan program.

In other news, the board accepted the village plan commission's recommendation on a special use request for two outdoor cafes to be included in a proposed multi-tenant commercial building on Douglas Rd. next to the La Chiquita food market.

The item itself was only on first reading but will be placed on the consent agenda at a future meeting.