DuPage taking closer look at two sanitary districts
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March 26, 2014
A new study will help DuPage County officials determine whether two sanitary districts serving residents in Lombard and Villa Park should continue operating as stand-alone entities.
County board members on Tuesday agreed to hire Christopher B. Burke Engineering to assess the operations of the Highland Hills and Salt Creek sanitary districts. As part of the $69,496 contract, the engineering firm also will evaluate potential cost savings through shared services or consolidation.
"We need to bring in some expertise right now," DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said. "Chris Burke wrote the book on sanitary engineering. He's going to come in and look at not only the infrastructure, but also the finances. His evaluation and recommendations will carry great weight."
DuPage County is involved because state lawmakers last year gave it the power to eliminate Salt Creek, Highland Hills and 11 other local government entities. One of them -- the Fairview Fire Protection District near Downers Grove -- is in the process of being dissolved now.
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