Proposed water line project faces opposition from residents in Evansville

NEW TRUSTEE–Barry Greer, at right, was sworn in as a new village trustee at Monday night’s Evansville Village Board meeting. He is pictured with Village President Kenny Kempfer.

A public hearing to discuss applying for a grant to install a water line from Ellis Grove to Evansville quickly became heated on Monday night.

The hearing was scheduled for 15 minutes prior to the Evansville Village Board’s regular meeting, but ended up lasting almost an hour itself.

Proposed was that the village apply for an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $550,000, as well as a Delta Regional Authority (DRA) States’ Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) grant for $211,756. Using these funds, they would be able to construct a 5.3 mile water transmission line from Ellis Grove to Evansville, allow the village to purchase drinking water from Chester.

While a synopsis of the plan was available to review at the village hall prior to the hearing, Linda Tragesser, a community and regional planner with Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan and Regional Planning Commission (SIMAPC​), was on hand that night to discuss it and answer questions.

For more from the Evansville Village Board meeting, please see this week’s print edition.