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Lakewater financing option session set for April

Updated: March 21, 2013 6:09AM

Lake Villa and Lindenhurst officials will share a booth at the Lindenhurst Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce Springfest at Lakes Community High School on March 23 and 25 as part of the way to distribute information about bringing Lake Michigan water to the two towns.

“We distribute information and will have people available to answer questions,” said Lake Villa Mayor Frank Loffredo.

At the meetings and during Springfest public officials will be prepared to answer questions about estimated costs, possible routes for the pipes and how the switch from municipal wells to lakewater will be made, said Loffredo.

“We want to show residents the mechanics of it, and explain that the transition for them will be seamless. The switch will be all on our end,” said Loffredo. “We want to get as much information out to residents as possible and give them opportunities to ask questions and visit with the experts involved in this before we make a final decision.”

A joint meeting to discuss financing options with Lake County, Lake Villa and Lindenhurst officials, the three new members of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency, will be scheduled in early April at a central location, said Lindenhurst Village Administrator Matt Formica.

Both Lindenhurst and Lake Villa officials are still reviewing the costs and financing options to bring lakewater to their residents. Until costs are finalized the project is not a done deal and membership in CLCJAWA is not final, said Formica.

“By the end of 2013, we will have made a decision on whether or not to move ahead with Lake Michigan water,” said Formica. A timeline shows that financing would be finalized by the end of 2013, followed by engineering and design of the project in 2014, with construction to start in mid-2015.

Loffredo said the working date to make the switch is some time in 2016.

“If everything aligns perfectly that is a realistic goal.”

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