Shorewood trustees voted Tuesday night to spend $2.7 million on the final design of a lake water transmission main.
Mayor Rick Chapman said 10 years ago, the village was made aware that eventually the water in the underground aquifer would not supply the water needed for Shorewood residents. Chapman said the village took this information seriously and looked into alternatives, which came down to a pipeline to pull lake water into the village.
Chapman said the cost was high and in order to pay for the project without majorly affecting residents, money would have to be raised over time. The village sought home rule status within the state of Illinois, which Chapman said was a possibility when a municipality had more than 25,000 residents.
The rule gives the village “a lot of power when it comes to raising money,” Chapman said.
Through a referendum, 67 percent of the residents of the village agreed to allow the village to seek home rule status. The rule gives the administration the opportunity to raise sales tax for the Lake Water Fund.
“We were able to tax; we are doing it right ... what was easiest on the community,” Chapman said. “If we had to charge people on their water bill [for the construction project] it would be unbelievable. This will take care of most of the construction. The use of the water will show up on the bills, but that won’t be for another five years.”
Engineer Bryan Welch delivered a final information packet during the Committee of the Whole meeting May 22, which allowed trustees to look over the final proposal for the first phase of the project. During Tuesday’s meeting, trustees agreed the proposal was the best plan for the village.
The proposal said Christopher B. Burke Engineering will perform design engineering services for the lake water transmission main project.