Ilion residents have been concerned for quite a while about the quality of their water, and they'll have a chance to make their voices heard at an upcoming Village Board meeting.

UPDATE 9/6/18 10:30 a.m.: Due to a resolution passed in Ilion years ago, residents are not allowed to speak at Village Board meetings unless you call the Village Clerk ahead of time and request to be put on the agenda. You can contact the Ilion Village Clerk at 315-895-7449 extension 3069. 

It has been suggested by the Clerk that groups should designate one person to represent your neighborhood to speak at the Board meeting on the 12th in order to keep the meeting on schedule.

A future 'public forum' will be held sometime in September to allow residents to speak, and we'll be sure to let you know as soon as that date is announced.

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If you live in Ilion, chances are you've seen either posts on social media about discolored, foul smelling municipal water.

Now you'll have the chance to voice your concerns and hear what Ilion officials are planning to do to fix the problem that has been ongoing for at least the past 2 years.

The Village of Ilion will hold the next Board meeting on September 12, at 6 p.m. in the Board Room, 2nd floor of the Municipal Building on Morgan Street in Ilion.

The water has been so bad at times that activist Erin Brockovich has even gotten involved:

This picture was taken on August 30, 2018 by Ilion resident Ryan Hocking who was getting ready to give his infant son a bath:

Photo courtesy Ryan Hocking
Photo courtesy Ryan Hocking

As an Ilion resident myself, I haven't seen my water this bad more than once about a year ago. Since then my fiancee and I, along with many Ilion residents have been buying bottled water to drink.

According to the Herkimer Times-Telegram Village officials have been working on answers to remedy the problem for years and Ilion mayor Brian Lamica met with state officials in Albany earlier this month to discuss long and short term solutions. Three options are being considered and will be discussed at a public meeting.

If you're a concerned Ilion resident, be sure to make time to go to the Village Board meeting on September 12, at 6 p.m. and let them know you want better quality water. Especially for the prices we pay.


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