Collinsville to buy land to relocate water treatment plant

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The southwestern Illinois city of Collinsville is taking new steps to relocate its water treatment plant, a project once stalled by a lawsuit. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the City Council has approved the purchase of an alternate site for the new water treatment facility. An original site selected for the treatment plant had been leased to the Collinsville Area Recreation District, which sued the city in 2014. The lawsuit temporarily delayed the project. City officials say purchasing new property allows the project to proceed. Cost estimates for the project include $110,000 for redesign and construction, and $55,000 for the land. Public Works Director Dennis Kress expects construction to begin in the fall and finish in 2018.