Compton gets green light for new water tower

January 16, 2019

DIXON – The village of Compton got the go-ahead Tuesday to start building its new water tower.

The village asked the county to allow it to construct a new tower with a 15-foot setback from property lines at 123 Main St., rather than the required 25-foot setback, and both the Zoning Board and Lee County Board signed off on the petition.

Compton recently received a a $956,000 grant and a $680,000 loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program to replace its 110-year-old water tower and make other water system upgrades.

The new 130-foot, 50,000-gallon tower will be built about 50 feet west of the existing one, which will likely be demolished after the project is finished but needs to stay online during construction.

It will look similar to Sublette’s water tower – with a golf ball on a tee sort of design rather than the Warner Bros. cartoon-style water tower it now has.

Water main improvements will be made to the village’s aging system with the hope of bettering water delivery for not only residents but also for firefighters, who have had to truck in water because the hydrant supply wasn’t adequate.

The well building on the property also will get plumbing and electrical upgrades.

To pay off the loan, at 2.375 percent interest, Compton’s 136 water users will pay an extra $54 every 3 months, or $216 a year, for 40 years.

Bidding will take place in the spring, and construction is slated for the summer.

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