It came as no surprise when a Community Development Block Grant of $85,000 was awarded to the Raymond and Peoria wastewater treatment project to improve the failing septic systems.

It came as no surprise when a Community Development Block Grant of $85,000 was awarded to the Raymond and Peoria wastewater treatment project to improve the failing septic systems.

Union County commissioners said during the first grant hearing in late March that they were committed to directing the funds toward the Raymond and Peoria project to help defray estimated costs of $4.3-million.

Nothing changed when Logan-Union-Champaign Regional Planning Commission director Jenny Snapp and LUC planner Weston Dodds joined engineer Joanna Pinkerton during a June 22 meeting with commissioners.

Dodds explained that the villages of Magnetic Springs and Richwood both submitted requests for the funds to make street improvements, while the county engineer's office sought the funds for wastewater treatment facilities in Raymond and Peoria.

Martha K. Cantrell, mayor of Magnetic Springs, requested $126,748 for a $141,748 project, which included several streets.

Bill Nibert, the mayor of Richwood, requested $54,007 for a $58,307 project for street improvements, extending from the village to Bomford Street.

Dodds said that Richwood officials understood when he was told in advance that the funds would be directed to the Raymond and Peoria project. He said he was told that the county always has been good about supporting projects in Richwood.

The project in Raymond and Peoria was submitted for funds after findings and orders were issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last October.

The findings and orders require the county to correct the wastewater issues or be fined.