DETAILS OF PROPOSED NEW LAKE REVEALED AT PUBLIC HEARING
Approximately 130 people attended the public hearing, held Thursday evening, for the proposed new water reservoir for Greenville. City Manager, Dave Willey, gave the opening presentation which was followed by a question and answer period.
The proposed new reservoir location would be west of the current Governor Bond Lake and would extend north, ending close to the Montgomery County line. It would encompass approximately two thousand one hundred and fifty acres and the main water source would be the east fork of Shoal Creek.
Willey said, planning for a long term water supply for residents, and meeting the needs of industries interested in locating in Greenville, were the main reasons for working towards a new water supply. Industry examples given were, an ethanol plant which could use a million gallons a day, and Ameren’s future needs, when the new scrubbers go on line, will be close to two million gallons a day. Currently, 1 million six thousand gallons are used daily from Governor Bond Lake.
It is estimated that the new reservoir would be able to supply 15 to 23 million gallons a day, or 4 to 8 times Governor Bond’s capacity.
The construction of the lake would be a very lengthy process and would include, in this order, discovery, engineering, financing, permitting, land acquisition, design, regulation review, construction, and post construction. Willey said a very optimistic completion date would be November of 2011, but that would require a huge effort. Estimated cost is 48 million dollars. According to Willey, the price paid for the land would reflect current market value.
Several times, Willey explained that the plans for the lake are conceptual at this time and until engineering studies are completed the exact location and boundaries of the lake cannot be determined.
You can hear Dave Willey’s opening presentation tonight at 7pm on WGEL 101.7 FM. The program is about 30 minutes long.
Click below to view a map of the proposed new resevoir. Depending on your color setting,the green and pinkish areas represent the new lake contours reflecting different pool levels.
HEAD START FUNDING FOR 2008
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is funding BCMW and CEFS for Head Start programs for 2008. Head Start promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services to enrolled children and families. BCMW, serving Bond, Clinton, Marion, Washington, and Franklin counties, will receive $2,056,556 for the 2008 calendar year.