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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- City officials hope to save money with the potential purchase of equipment that can apply collected lime sludge from the Wastewater Treatment Plant to local farmer’s crops.

City Council will be voting on the measure to purchase the equipment at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave.

According to city meeting documents, the city hauls lime sludge from the plant at an average expense of $30,000 each year.

City staff found that purchasing lime sludge land application equipment to be used by local farmers on their crops would save the city “significant amounts of money each year,” the measure states.

The equipment would cost up to $80,000 in fiscal year 2018.

Also on the meeting docket, council members will vote on the construction of a drainage easement within the Westchester Subdivision. According to the measure, natural drainage runs north to Polk Avenue, which creates certain drainage detention issues.

A drainage easement is necessary to construct and maintain a storm sewer at the location to alleviate those detention issues. The easement would be located at 809 Westchester Place.

Also on the agenda:

-- Street closures for the Jefferson Elementary Grade School Halloween Parade from 9- 10:30 a.m. Oct. 27.

-- Street closures for the Eastern Illinois University Homecoming Parade from 3 a.m. to 12 p.m. Oct. 21.

-- Street closures for the Charleston High School Homecoming Parade from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 29



Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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