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Aldermen discuss 'privatizing' Quincy water treatment plant

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Alderman Terri Heinecke talks during Monday's Quincy City Council meeting. Alderman Terri Heinecke talks during Monday's Quincy City Council meeting.
Part of Quincy's water treatment plant. Part of Quincy's water treatment plant.
Quincy city hall logo displayed on side of vehicle. Quincy city hall logo displayed on side of vehicle.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Some aldermen voiced opposition against letting a private company manage Quincy's water treatment plant.

Alderman Terri Heinecke questioned the request for that proposal, while Mayor Kyle Moore explained that letting a private company run the plant's day-to-day operations could save the city money.

Some aldermen said while they understand saving money, they don't agree with privatization, as they put it.

"I think that is a public safety issue," Alderman Paul Havermale said. "I realize a lot of people privatize their water treatment plants. I get it, but I think it's going to have to be incredibly beneficial to us for me to support that."

Alderman Tony Sassen also said he didn't think the city got a great deal privatizing its waste water treatment plant. If a private company manages the water treatment facility, the city would still own it. Bids are due by September 4th.

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