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Lengthy debates on water issues leads to four hour La Salle County Board meeting

Posted by wlpo on July 9, 2015

Votes dealing with a scenario of too much water and the possibility of a shortage of water in the future had the La Salle County Board debating at length Thursday.

The divided board first voted to table a variance request making an exception to the county’s flood ordinance by building a levee around the county nursing home without the requirement of building a compensatory storage pit, or a place where floodwaters can go. Some board members voting to table the variance argued that it’s not right for the county to not abide by its own flood ordinance by making an exception. Supporters of the variance want to put off the close to $900,000 storage pit and for now just pay for a flood wall and elevated Dee Bennett Road at the nursing home.

Later in the meeting, the board debated for another hour or so before finally approving a contract with the U.S. Geological Survey for a water study. Supporters argued that it’s important to have a professional study on the effects of sand mines and other industry on La Salle County’s water quality and if in the future water availability may be limited. Board members who voted against the study think it’s just targeting sand mines and many balked at the county paying $60,000 for the study when they thought other groups would kick in money for it.

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