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Marion plans $3.1 million worth of water upgrades

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MARION, Ill. -- Marion city leaders plan to spend $3.1 million on water improvements.

$600,000 of that will go toward improvements to the water tower on Madison Street.

The remaining $2.5 million will go toward the planning and construction of a new water tower.

Mayor Anthony Rinella said the city is looking at a few spots in the northeast part of town for the new tower.

"We know at some point in time, the business growth in Marion will move to the east," Rinella said. "We have a lot of residential growth in that area already."

Rinella says the new water tower will also help the city withstand an emergency like the Rend Lake Water crisis in May.

The city council is also considering a four-way stop at the intersection of Boulevard and Vicksburg Streets.

Pam Odum has lived at that intersection her whole life and says the traffic is a problem.  

"They fly down the road," Odum said. "They don't slow down."

She doesn't remember any serious crashes involving people, but her pets haven't fared too well.

"I've lost a lot of cats," Odum said. "A lot of cats."

The intersection used to be a four-way stop before the city widened Boulevard in the 80s, and now city leaders are looking at having stop signs there again.

"If it warrants it, you do it," Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella said.

Rinella said he's heard plenty from neighbors who want a four-way stop.

He said one of the main concerns is all the children in the area.

"Never have had an incident, but still, you don't want to not try to be proactive in regards to something like that," Rinella said.

Odum welcomes a four-way stop.

"I think it would slow (traffic) down," Odum said. "We do have accidents here cause people pull out, and everybody's flying."

And she hopes the stop signs on Boulevard would at least slow those speedy drivers down.

Rinella said the police chief and street commissioner will study the idea and likely present something to vote on next month.

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