2/5/2013 10:07:00 PM Diamond secures
Ann Gill Editor
The village of Diamond will drill a new deep water well, the cost of which will be funded in part by a grant.
Mayor Terry Kernc announced this week that the town's application for a Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) grant totaling $391,629 was approved. The grant funds will cover 87 percent of the estimated project cost.
The new well will be located just east of the village hall on Route 113 (Division Street) and an existing well in that area will be taken out of service.
Village engineer Mike Perry said the well will have a depth of 900 feet with a 20-inch casing. The well is designed so that the village can extend the depth in the future. The high capacity well will be able to generate 300 to 400 gallons of water per minute.
The village has three wells currently, but none of them have a high capacity, something Perry said could be needed in the future.
Kernc previously noted the village's wells have been taxed and with water being a main service provided by the town, she at one point last year considered purchasing water from the village of Coal City.
"That's a horrible position for any mayor to be in," she said.
The CDAP grant, administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program is targeted to assist low to moderate income individuals through job creation and improved living environments.
Diamond residents have routinely been asked to complete income surveys to determine the village's eligibility for such grants. Kernc said this could be the last CDAP grant qualification for the town as its last income survey places Diamond above the eligibility guidelines.
Perry expects the well work to go out for bid within the next two months.