BY LEN WELLS

Trustees with the Village of Burnt Prairie have given the green light for the construction of a new water tower and the installation of automatic reading water meters. The entire project will cost in the neighborhood of $2 million.

Last month, officials reported the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found problems with the village’s current water tower which, if not addressed soon, could result in significant fines. The engineering firm of Clarida and Ziegler of Marion told trustees they essentially had two options. The first option was to paint the interior and exterior of the village water tower at an estimated cost of $700,000.  That estimate would not include any repairs that could be found during the process. The second option is to build a new water tower and replace all the town’s meters with meters that are read automatically. “We’re paying... 

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