Lawsuit Losing Stalling Power on E. Dundee Sewer Plant

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Byline: Chris Fusco Daily Herald Staff Writer

Lawsuits filed by residents opposing a proposed sewage treatment plant in East Dundee have stalled the project for about six months.

And despite the threat of more legal action by plant opponents, state and village officials expect to secure funding soon and build the plant next year.

When they meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, East Dundee trustees will hire a construction company that will build the plant. Then, they will confirm their spot in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's low-interest waste water loan program.

The village has been on the IEPA's list to receive a loan since this spring. The state wants the village to build a new plant because the old one is outdated and would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.

As incentive, the IEPA has offered to loan the village the $5.9 million it needs to build the plant at a 2.89 percent interest rate. A bank would charge the village more than double that amount, trustees say.

The village would repay the loan over 20 years using money from its utility tax, sales tax, amusement and video rental taxes and sewage tap-on fees.

Although village officials have described the loan program as "a good deal," East Dundee resident Frank Johnson and nine other residents have opposed it. They contend an expanded sewage treatment plant would cause rampant population growth and destroy the cozy atmosphere of East Dundee, population 2,700. …