CHICAGO (CBS) — Many New Lenox residents are opposing the towns’ proposed regional sewage treatment center, saying they don’t want a plant in their backyards.
The Village Board held an informational meeting Monday night so residents could have the opportunity to voice their concerns.READ MORE: Woman Questions COVID-19 Clinic After Receiving Results Before Testing
Mayor Tim Baldermann said a new plant is necessary as more homes and people continue to emerge, outgrowing the 45-year-old waste water plant. Baldermann said one option includes expanding the current plant, which is nestled in a neighborhood nook, to four times its size.
Some residents are not in favor.READ MORE: 4 Dead, 25 Wounded In Weekend Shootings In Chicago
“It smells. It’s worse than, like, farm animals,” said Drew Tsokatos.
Baldermann says expanding the existing plant would cost taxpayers around $125 million, whereas building a new plant further away would cost about $137 million. The crowd favorite is to break ground furthest away from homes — a plan that would cost an estimated $142 million.MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Shot In Hyde Park
The mayor expects to make a decision on an option next month. Regardless of what happens, the process to plan and build a new facility will take about four years.