St. Charles Aldermen on Monday approved a proposal to build a round, 1.5 million-gallon water tower at the corner of Red Gate Road and Route 25 at a cost of about $3.6 million, the Chicago Tribune reports.
According to the paper, the city’s government services committee approved the designs presented by Engineering Enterprises of Sugar Grove and construction is scheduled to begin in the next fiscal year; the final design is half again as large as the original million-gallon proposal from 2007, and will cost the average St. Charles taxpayer $6 more per year.
"More current data showed that we should have a larger tank due to growth," John Lamb, environmental services manager for the city, told the paper.
"At this point, I think it's well worth the extra [money] … to go with a lot higher capacity," the paper quoted Ald. Jim Martin adding.