The Bloomington City Council is looking to move on to Phase Two of the Combined Sewer Overflow Project. Public Works Director Jim Karch says the city has learned from its mistakes in phase one of the project, namely that contractors need to follow through on resurfacing streets and redoing curbs. Karch says if the council sticks to a schedule, phase two will start this September and be completed by December 2015. Both phases are part of a $139 million Master Plan. The first phase cost the city a down payment of $10 million to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and $2 million of that is still owed to Bloomington. The Council also seems receptive to City Manager David Hales proposal for a Citizens Academy, and to the idea of a West Bloomington Tax Increment Financing District to spur rehabilitation and development. Students from Illinois Wesleyan University prepared the TIF plan.
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