Tim Nugent

Manteno Mayor Tim Nugent

MANTENO — The village of Manteno is proceeding with the sale of its sewer system to Kankakee-based Aqua Illinois. And with that, residents will see their trash bills disappear.

Under the deal, the village is selling the sewer system for $25 million. The sale is scheduled to close July 2.

Manteno plans to place the money in an interest-bearing account and designate the interest to pay for the trash bills of single-family homes.

“That will save a resident about $200 a year,” Mayor Tim Nugent told the village board at its regular meeting Monday. “Hopefully, that will be forever, as long as the money continues to be invested properly.”

Next month, the village board plans to vote on a measure to eliminate the garbage fees, Nugent said.

Under the agreement, Aqua agreed it would not increase sewer rates above the slight increases Manteno already had scheduled over the next five years. Officials say the rates actually will be slightly lower than the village’s during that time.

The company has owned Manteno’s water system since 2006.

In other business, the board approved a contract with Thornton-based Gallagher Asphalt Corp. for a $215,000 improvement project at Poplar and Adams streets. The goal will be to complete the project by mid-August, in time for the start of school.

“We definitely want to get that going and get it done,” the mayor said.

The board also approved placing a resource officer in Manteno schools. The school district will split the costs with the village.

The police chief will choose the resource officer. No decision has been made.

“We’re excited about this,” Police Chief Alan Swinford. “It’ll be a great partnership.”