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Open house showcases Sugar Grove plans

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SUGAR GROVE – Sugar Grove residents had a chance to ask questions about the village Tuesday evening during an annual open house that showcased village maps, plans and financial information.

Residents such as Barb Mandel, who had never been to one of the village’s open houses, stopped in to find out when a proposed foot path might be constructed in her Prairie Glen subdivision. Village President Sean Michels said other residents asked about the proposed Route 47 and Interstate 88 interchange or the village’s cost-sharing program for replacing parkway trees infected with emerald ash borer.

Some residents also were given “keys” to the city, which were key-shaped flash drives filled with village information.

“We’ve been holding [the open house] this way for people to come in and ask questions about what’s going on. It’s so intimidating to stand before the board and ask a question,” Michels said.

Trustee Kevin Geary said some residents were curious about the village’s plans, including one woman with a special-needs son who was asking about one of the village’s long-term proposals for attracting more assisted- living facilities.

“It gives kind of a friendly face to the village,” he said. “Some people don’t know where to start. … Every journey begins with a single step, and we just want to hear what the public is asking for.”

Michels said in the past, the village has hosted an open house in some form for the past 12 years, but they’ve traditionally gotten the biggest response hosting the open house during the week before a regular board meeting.

He said Tuesday he was happy to inform people that a few new businesses are interested in coming to Sugar Grove, as well as the prospect of a new 60-unit apartment complex just west of Walgreens.

Village officials also had a chance to show off new police squad cars and a new plow truck, he said.

“It’s something to bring people out,” Michels said.

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