Flossmoor reisdents now have an important decision ahead of them.
Along with president of the United States, Flossmoor voters will be deciding to vote yes or no on a referendum attempting to issue a total of $7.2 million in general obligation (G.O.) bonds to help pay for village water system repairs. The improvement plan is expected to last eight years due to the work load, according to Director of Public Works George Peluso.
Whether or not the repairs are necessary is up for debate. As it stands, the village seems to be hemorrhaging water at a rate of one gallon of every three lost, according to village reports. Monetarily, that amounts to somewhere between half of one million and one million dollars annually.
Resident Rick Thomas attended the meeting and expressed his concerns. He said he has some reservations when it comes to the technical implementation of the water system repair plan, especially in phase two (should the referendum pass). Thomas' main concern involved the relocating of water service line lines from the backyard of a select number of homes to the frontyard where the new water mains are to be placed. He says such an operation is rather difficult. Public Works officials, however, maintain the work will be accomplished.
Mayor Braun ended with an open invitation to all Flossmoor reisdents. If anyone still has questions regarding the implementation, finanancing or technical elements of this plan, to please ask the village.
Should the referendum fail, the village plans to follow up action with a revenue bond.