Public Hearing June 15 On The Proposed Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure Grant


Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:45 p.m. City of Freeport – Freeport City Hall I.

Opening Statement – This Public Hearing is being held on June 15, 2020, at 5:45 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at Freeport’s City Hall to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure Grant (RIPI) project. Public access to the meeting is available by dialing: +1 (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 367-367-421. II.

Grant Information – The State has allocated $25,000,000 in Rebuild Illinois funds to the competitive Public Infrastructure (RIPI) component. A grant ceiling of $5,000,000 per project has been established. Grants for less than $250,000 will not be awarded. The objective of these program components is to fund public infrastructure projects based upon the criteria included in Governor Pritzker’s Five-Year Economic Development Plan. III.

Intent – The City of Freeport intends to apply to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for a grant from the Rebuild Illinois program. These funds are to be used for a community development project that will include the following activities: a new Well House No. 11 Treatment Facility. Construction of the new well house will include building, equipment, piping, electrical and controls, and site work. IV.

Funds Being Requested – The total amount of Rebuild Illinois funds to be requested is $2,500,000. The City of Freeport also proposes to expend $7,500,000 in non-Rebuild Illinois funds on the project. These non-Rebuild Illinois funds will be derived from the following source: the City of Freeport’s Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Public Water Supply Loan Program, L17-5642. The Rebuild Illinois and nonRebuild Illinois funds will be used for the construction of the Well House No. 11 Treatment Facility.

V. Justification – The City of Freeport is seeking Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure grant funding for the proposed Well House No. 11 Treatment Facility because there is an immediate need to develop additional new water supply sources to meet the needs of the current system. The City’s water treatment plant is 136 years old and previously consisted of seven source wells, multiple Water Filtration Plant upgrades, and three underground finished water storage reservoirs. Over the years, several of the Water Filtration Plant’s Source Wells have been abandoned due to different levels of contaminants and/or mechanical limitations. Current plant operations and maintenance is extremely labor intensive, and energy efficiencies of the facility’s equipment are limited. The existing buildings, underground finish water storage, process piping and valves, filters, and equipment, date back to the 1882, 1920s and 1960s and can no longer be operated, maintained, or replaced, cost-effectively or responsibly. This treatment facility currently remains extremely important to the City’s potable water supply’s sustainability. Even with the limited groundwater source supply and aged structures, this facility still produces approximately 50 percent of the City’s annual water supply today, which totals 500 million gallons per year of the 1 billion gallons Freeport withdraws. The City of Freeport will install new treatment equipment at Well No. 11 in order to remove iron and reduce the combined radium from the City’s potable water system. The City of Freeport is requesting this grant funding because they are unable to fund this vital infrastructure project on their own. With limited surplus funds, it would be not be fiscally responsible to allocate all of the City’s financial assets to the project. With design completed, IEPA Permits obtained, and additional project funding firmly in-place, the City is ready to move forward with the project immediately; they just need financial assistance to make it happen.

VI. Displacement – The proposed project will not displace any residents or businesses in the project area or within the City of Freeport.

VII. Community Development and Housing Needs – The City of Freeport’s detailed, prioritized list of community development and housing needs include the following:

 Aging Infrastructure

o Water and Sewer Systems Need Repairs and Upgrades

 Deteriorating Roadways

o Poor Roadway Conditions affect residents and businesses alike

 Downtown Redevelopment

o Fill Empty Buildings Downtown o Develop Entrepreneurship Programs, especially those that honor Freeport’s business heritages

 Aging Housing Stocks

o Home repair/housing rehabilitation needed o Need for safe and affordable low income housing o Need affordable housing for large families

 Replacement of Sidewalks and Improvements of Street Crossings

 Improve ADA Accessibility through the City

VIII. Public Comments or Views – This shall include any call-ins and reading any submitted written statements

IX. Close Public Hearing Public access to the meeting is available by dialing: +1 (872) 240-3212, Access Code: 367-367-421. Written comments may be submitted until 4:45 pm before the meeting begins via email at These comments will be read at the meeting.

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