IAW, which currently provides Glen Carbon with its water, may purchase the village’s distribution system, too.
GLEN CARBON – As the next step toward its water independence, village trustees unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for someone to possibly buy its water and sewer systems.
“As we’ve been discussing, one of the issues we are facing is our water source,” said Village Administrator Jamie Bowden. “Currently, we purchase our water from Illinois-American Water (IAW). The village has just engaged WHKS, which will research options for our own [water] source and the cost.”
He said the other option is looking at a joint project with Maryville. There is an initial cost estimate, but they are still working through the details with Mayor Craig Short and other Maryville officials on that idea.
Another option would be to sell the village’s water distribution system and the RFP is the first step in that process, he said, however, the village is not obligated to sell either of its systems.
Village Attorney James Schrempf provided other details.
“This is the process of asking IAW what [it] would be willing to pay, what rates [it] would be willing to commit to and find out their interest,” Schrempf said. “They cannot give us a solid proposal unless we go through this process.”
He said it was structured to be multiple choice – water system only, sewer system only or both, combined.
“In addition, we will, at a later date, try to get from IAW a concept of what [it] would charge to continue to provide us with wholesale water for our distribution system, so there will actually be four options to later consider.”
Bowden said later, they will lay out the advantages and disadvantages of each option are plus the cost impact to the village and users.
Trustee Ben Maliszewski asked Schrempf if any other entity could bid on this.
“There was a time when Aqua Water Company was aggressively seeking new customers,” Schrempf replied. “[It] ran into some problems more than a year ago. My experience is that lately, only IAW is likely to be a qualified bidder on this.”
He conceded they may get a “dark horse” or long-shot candidate but he did not see that as likely.
Proposals for either or both systems will be accepted by the village clerk until 4 p.m. on March 7, 2022. Proposals can be delivered to: Village Board, Village of Glen Carbon, Illinois, c/o Jamie Bowden, 151 N. Main St., Glen Carbon IL 62034.
Charles Bolinger covers Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Maryville, Edwardsville Township and the Collinsville School District for The Edwardsville Intelligencer. A graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, he has been writing for the paper since 2018.