Category Archives: City News

8/5/19 Water Main Work Begins on North Main

If you missed the water main replacement project story on WSIL TV 3, click here.

The water main replacement project along North Main (Route 37) will begin this week.
Construction on the project will cause a lane reduction; the north bound lane of North Main will be closed during the duration of the project.
The lane closure will span from Washington Street to Joplin Street. The water main replacement project is expected to last approximately 30 days.
Drivers who regular this area are encouraged to use an alternate route during the project.

6/10/19 SIMEC News Release – Electricity Aggregation – Ameren Rates Less Than Benton’s Current Aggregation Rate

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Notice of Simultaneous Filing Lottery

Please see the document below for information regarding the simultaneous filing lottery for the April, 2019 election.

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11/12/18 New Water Meter Install – Informational Letter

Dear Valued Benton Water Customer:

During the next few months, you are going to see a lot of activity involving the water meters throughout town. The City is currently in the process of replacing all water meters within the Benton Water and Sewer system.  You may see blue paint marks or flags in your yard or on your water meter. This is to help installers locate the meters. If your meter is located in the basement, please contact the Water Department at 618-439-6131 to set up a time for our crew to replace the meter. Overall, the install will take a few months to complete. We hope to finish the transition by the end of 2018. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we undergo this change.

The upgrade will be good for the City and our water customers. The new system will allow us to read by the gallon. For example: If you use 3,750 gallons on the current system, you would be charged for 3,000. The remaining 750 gallons would remain unapplied until your next bill. The new metering system will apply the exact 3,750 gallons to your current bill with no rollover. We hope to eventually have all meters read on the same day within a 28 to 30-day cycle.

Again, we sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding during this transition.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 618-439-6131.



Craig Miles

Benton Water and Sewer Superintendent

Prefiling Notice

For Sale: Lake Hamilton Subdivision Property


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CLICK HERE to view a video of the Lake Hamilton Subdivision Property

The City of Benton is taking bids on ten acres of prime real estate at the Lake Hamilton Subdivision on the north side of the City. Please take a moment to view the video below. If you have further questions, please feel free to give the City’s Zoning Administrator, David Garavalia, a call at City Hall. You can reach David at: 618-439-6131 ext 406. You can download the bid form by clicking the pdf file below.
The City Clerk, Brook Craig, will accept closed bids until 4 p.m. on October 22nd. The bids will be opened and discussed for consideration that evening at 6 p.m. at the regular City Council meeting. All bidders will be notified pending the final decision of the City Council. The City reserves the right to accept and/or reject any and all bids.
Thank you for your interest!

Bid Form for Lake Hamilton Subdivision Lots – Phase 1

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Lake Hamilton Property for Sale

The City of Benton will be accepting bids for the purchase of property near Lake Hamilton. The lots have been appraised, have a restrictive covenant and require a sealed bid. Please view the pictures below for details on the location and prices. If you have any questions, please contact our Zoning Administrator – David Garavalia, at 618-439-6131 ext. 406.

City Ends Recycling Program

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4/28/18 Blue Ridge Tractor Open House


Blue Ridge Tractor will host an “open house” this Saturday, April 28th from 10am to 3pm. A special presentation and introductions will be held at noon and the public is invited. There will be door prizes awarded throughout the day. Jake and Alex Gibbs, general managers, will give tours of their new facility and the product lines they offer.


The George Harrison Mural in Benton IL


The making of the mural from concept to completion as told through pictures and in an interview between Muralist John Cerney and DJ Phlash Phelps on his ’60’s on 6′ Sirius XM Radio Show. Painted in 2017, this mural is 16 feet tall and is located along Interstate 57 in Benton, Illinois. The mural commemorates the first visit by a Beatle to America. Several months ahead of the British rock group’s big splash on US soil in early 1964, George Harrison came to Benton, Illinois to visit his sister Louise and her family. The Beatles were unknown to Americans, despite being at the top of the charts in England, and George was able to remain anonymous during his two week stay. He played with a local band, bought a guitar in a neighboring town, and mostly hung out as a tourist. The Beatles were about to explode on the world stage, and for years to come, folks in Southern Illinois would recall the polite young man with long hair and a funny accent.