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Wednesday, Februa 25,2015 Trenton Sun Page 3 - Local m Trenton Council: Maintenance supe hire will be on March slate > continued from front page following review of the plans by Thouvenot, Wade, and Moerchen (TWM), and the response from HMG's Brian Buchheit. "Mr. Buchheit did a good job' addressing the questions raised by TWM," said Jones, "and I'm a lot more comfortable with it now. This (TWM's review) was never about me not wanting HMG to do the work. As council members, it's our responsibility to make sure we get aplan that will best serve our needs at the best pos- sible cost, so this is really due diligence." Other questions surrounding the start date for con- struction of the plant remain unanswered. The city has been approved for a loan through the Illinois Environ- mental Protection Agency (IEPA), but additions to the scope of the project have increased costs beyond the loan amount and overrun the city's projections for debt ser- vice from its sewer fund. Sewer rates in Trenton have doubled since the planning for the new plant began, in an effort to pay down existing debt in the fund and prepare for the debt service for the new plant. IEPA is said to be considering introducing a longer, 30-year term that would increase the city's costs but make debt ser- vice more manageable That program has not been an- nounced, however. Other options include the issuance of bonds or bank financing to address the funding gap. Trenton's police department needs a new computer to replace a unit that is using the unsupported Windows XP software and capable of sorting large files from dash- board cameras and potentially body cameras if legisla- tion requires. The low bidder was CDS Office Technolo- gies at $1,812 The council will vote next week to eliminate the posi- tion of 'lead man' from the collective bargaining agree- ment with the city's street workers, in anticipation of hiring a maintenance superintendentl a management position. Brett Therion has been serving as 'lead man' for the past coupl e of years Council member Scott Westbrook complimented Therion for his work, remarks supported by mayor Kyle Jones. "Hiring a superintendent is not meant to cast a negative light on the public works de- partment at all," Jones said. "Brett ar/d the whole public works department have exceeded our expectations at ev- ery level. We're very pleased and appreciative of the way he's handled things." Council member Scott Westbrook is being transferred to Denver, Colorado following a job promotion, and will resign in March. "I'm very proud to be associated with this council and the past ones I've been on," Westbrook said. "I feel really good about the financial advances we've been able to make, and I think we've given taxpay- ers the best bang for their bucks. I feel Trenton is better off now than it was when I started." 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