Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 30, 2013

RLCD approves budget, projects

By TESA GLASS tesa.glass@register-news.com
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The Rend Lake Conservancy District Board approved its fiscal year 2013-14 budget, and capital projects for the year.

In addition, board members were presented with a list of possible projects for the five year capital plan, which is expected to be discussed next month.

"The only projects on the capital plan which have been obligated by the district are those that were approved as part of the fiscal year 2013-14 budget," General Manager Keith Thomason said. "The five year plan is to give me guidance, but it doesn't obligate the district."

Capital projects which have been approved as part of the fiscal year budget which begins on Wednesday is the Hamilton County Water main, which is under construction at an estimated $4 million,which is being reimbursed by the Hamilton County Water District; the West Frankfort pump station at $100,000 and is also under construction; the Rend Lake Bypass which is underway at an estimated $2.25 million with $1.8 million grant funded; the Big Muddy Bypass, which is underway at an estimated $1.4 million with $750,000 grant funded; the Illinois Highway 37 relocations, which is mandated by the Illinois Department of Transportation and estimated at $284,000; and ground storage tank painting and repairs at $200,000. Miscellaneous distribution main extensions was budgeted at $50,000.

Also from the water fund, $500,000 has been allocated for vehicle and equipment replacement and $100,000 for easement clearing.

This year, capital expenses in the wastewater treatment/sewer fund is $20,000 for manhole replacements and repairs; $40,000 for lift station pumps and upgrades; and $100,000 for a sewer replacement project on County Line Road.

In administration, $10,000 has been allocated for out-building roofs; $5,000 for interior improvements; $10,000 for exterior improvements; $20,000 for parking and $5,000 for equipment.

There are three areas under the recreation fund with capital projects listed — central leasing, golf and the lodge.

In Central Leasing, $5,000 has been allocated for the restaurant and banquet buildings; $10,000 for restaurant/cabana parking; and $10,000 for site improvements such as lights and roads. The shooting complex roof was budgeted at $10,000.

In Golf, $40,000 has been budgeted for golf maintenance mowing equipment and $20,000 for cart path improvements.

For the Lodge, wallpaper has been budgeted at $10,000; carpet at $10,000 and interior/exterior improvements at $20,000.

The total capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year was estimated at $3.58 million for the district.