On the rise
The residents in the city of Wood River may see a change in their water and sewer rates in the coming months. In the regularly scheduled city council meeting on Monday, Public Services director Steve Palen presented council members with some “homework” that reviews the need for possible rate increases for water and sewer.
“It’s been quite some time since we’ve had an increase for either water or sewer,” Palen said. “The sewer saw it’s last increase back in the mid-80’s and the water has seen an increase one time in the last 15-years. The city has done a very good job keeping costs down, but the time has come where we have to do something to get numbers moving in the right direction to get the water fund back to solvency.”
Palen described the water fund as an enterprise fund in that it should be self-sufficient.
“We’ve done over ten-million dollars worth of work on the sewers in the last three to four years,” Palen said. “We’ve built a new water tower and have tried to improve the water system as much as possible. These things are included in the new rate studies. Hopefully we can put together a plan and stick to it.”
The information Palen presented to the council included two possible options for rate increases as well as where the city of Wood River rates among Madison County and in the State of Illinois.
“To my knowledge we have the lowest water and sewer rates in Madison County,” Palen said. “We rank in the bottom five percent in the state. Tonight I just gave the council a couple of recommendations. It’s up to them to decide what is needed and what direction to take. I’m sure they will have questions, I didn’t expect any decisions to be made tonight.”
East Alton-Wood River 2015 graduates Victoria Beachum and Mike Stimac were presented with awards by Mayor Frank Akers for their athletic and academic accomplishments during their career at EA-WR.
Honors and recognition
Mayor Frank Akers took the opportunity during Monday’s meeting to honor two East Alton-Wood River graduates from the Class of 2015 for their athletic and academic accomplishments.
Victoria Beachum left her mark at EA-WR, not just in the classroom, but in the school history books as well. Graduating with a straight-A grade-point average, Beachum is the first Lady Oiler to earn a division one athletic scholarship and will attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville to play softball. As a left-handed pitcher, Beachum set the school single season strike out record with 267 in 175 innings. She set a single game record with 24 strike outs as well as the EA-WR all time strike out record with 783. She ended her senior year with a batting average of .372 with 20 RBI’s. Beachum earned second team All-State, first team All-Prairie State conference and first team Class 2A all area pitcher. Beachum also earned the AdVantage News athlete of the year for softball.
Mike Stimac, also a 2015 EA-WR graduate, set the all-time single game scoring record in basketball with 44 points. 32 of those points occurred in the second half of the game with 16 points in both the third and fourth quarter. Stimac went 15 for 15 at the free-throw line. Stimac missed roughly 16 games throughout his high school career due to knee injuries, but still managed to join the 1000-career point club by scoring 1,141 points, putting him in eighth place on the list of EA-WR history high scorers. Stimac was also among the Metro-East area leaders in points-per-game, blocked shots and rebounds and earned positions on several All-area teams.
Both Beachum and Stimac was awarded certificates for their accomplishments as well as Lewis and Clark medallions.