Colchester will delay replacement of a troublesome water main until at least next year.
Part of the six-inch line is suspended beneath a bridge. Earlier this summer, it leaked from several sagging segments. The city spent $7,000 on temporary repairs.
Mayor Danny Bice says the city does not have any money for extensive repairs or replacement of the 120-foot long stretch. The city also did not qualify for any state or federal assistance on the project.
Colchester residents might soon see a new charge on their sewer bills. It could be just the first of several.
The city council has given first reading to proposed ordinance to add the $4 monthly fee. The city needs the money because the Illinois EPA is requiring the city to update its sewer and water treatment systems.
Mayor Danny Bice said the city has little choice but to raise more money. The city is looking for financing from federal and state agencies.