Illinois Campground's Sanitary Project Gets 'Emergency' Status
The campgrounds at Illini State Park near Marseilles, Ill., may be open by the Fourth of July weekend, State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, told The Times on Wednesday (June 15).
Rezin was making a courtesy call at the Marseilles City Council meeting on Wednesday and provided the update during a recess.
A faulty sewage pump has prevented the campgrounds, concession stand and flush toliets from opening.
Rezin said reopening of the campgrounds have been moved to an "emergency" status.
She said Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials will be out Thursday to make as assessment of what needs to be repaired with the sewage pumps.
"That accelerates the timeline," Rezin said. "So we're hoping after they get through out there tomorrow they'll call us with a full assessment of what needs to be done and a new timeline. Hopefully that timeline will be accelerated so it can be opened as quick as possible."
Rezin said she hoped the project would be finished by the end of the month.
"It just depends if they have to put in an entire new pump or just pieces for the pump are needed to get it fixed. That's what we're waiting to find out."
She said she had been contacted about the problem by Mayor Patti Smith.
"The mayor reached out to me which I was thankful for," said Rezin. "We made phone calls which were followed up by letters. The main thing is we get the park fully open."