Aldermen authorizes IEPA loan; approves Williams as Galesburg Township Assessor

Galesburg City Council authorized a forgivable loan on Monday night that will eventually replace the last of Galesburg’s lead water service lines. As they have several times in recent years, the Council on Monday voted to borrow $2 million from the IEPA through the Water Supply Loan Program to replace lead service lines. Once the project is completed the IEPA will forgive the entire amount of the loan. It’s estimated the $2 million would replace 450 -500 service lines. City Manager Todd Thompson also reports that Phase 4 of the service line replacement has been completed and they’re working through Phase 5. Council also approved a resolution authorizing the Director of Public Works to sign loan documents for lead service line replacements.

Laura Williams was approved as the new Galesburg Township Assessor at the City Council meeting on Monday. Williams has been Deputy Assessor for several years in the office, under Stephen Daly, who passed away on the 23rd. Daly had just won a new term in the office for which he was sworn-in back in April. Williams is expected to fill out the remainder of Daly’s term through 2025. Council also approved a resolution to add street lights to a pair of locations in the city that were outside lighting protocols. One is at W. Losey between Hawkinson Avenue and Lawrence, and the other is Whiting Avenue between Grand and East 2nd St. City Manager Todd Thompson said a city review found that spacing of lights didn’t meet their own guidelines so these LED lights were recommended.