The City Council agreed unanimously to begin contract talks with Johnson Controls to add some new technology to the core of the city.
Some of the upgrades could include new water meters in both residential and commercial properties, hydro, solar and other renewable energies, and Network Integration Solutions.
City Manager Ryan McCrady says things are still in the planning process…
All the new work would also create hundreds, if not thousands of new jobs in Macon County.
The good news continues to pour into Lake Decatur as it now is above normal winter depths.
The latest lake study shows that the lake is at 613.07 ft… or 82% full.
City Water Manager Keith Alexander says that if they can prove that the Sangamon River will continue to flow into the lake at a normal rate, and there is some rain projected in the future, the drought task force can consider removing stage 1 water restrictions.
In explaining their unwillingness to remove the restrictions completely, Ryan McCrady says they want to avoid removing them and then having to implement them once again because of the lack of water.
The supplemental wells supplying Lake Decatur have been shut off since October 22nd.