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Sugar Grove discusses unbudgeted projects for sidewalks

SUGAR GROVE – The Sugar Grove Public Works Department presented different options to the board concerning unbudgeted projects for sidewalks to the Village Board on Sept. 5. Streets and Properties Supervisor Geoff Payton described the need for sidewalks projects and how much money should be allocated to the different projects.

“We’ve been watching the sidewalk condition next to the well house deteriorate rapidly,” Payton said. “The sidewalk is washed out. There’s cracking. It’s sunken in around the manhole. We asked TBS Construction to give us a cost for that. It would be $22,600, including bridge repairs.”

The fiscal budget for 2018 includes $10,000 for the sidewalk program. There is $7,500 from village funds, and $2,500 is from participants matching the cost in the village’s 50-50 program. There is another $5,000 that was allocated for sealcoating bike paths; Payton requested the $5,000 be used toward the sidewalk program, instead of sealcoating the bike paths.

Payton explained both sides of the bridge will be torn out. The $22,600 for the project is available under the General Fund. Finance Director Matt Anastasia explained the General Fund is significantly over 20 percent of operating costs, which would allow the village to utilize the $22,600 needed for the sidewalk program.

Several Village Board trustees spoke in favor of fixing the sidewalks, including Ted Koch, Mari Johnson and Rick Montalto. Village President Sean Michels explained his take on the cost of the project.

“This isn’t a project where you can say we’re only going to spend $11,000,” Michels said. “On the east side, they have a limestone cap and one of them is off. I’m wondering if we can work with the contractor to fix that.”

The village will vote on the sidewalk project at the next Village Board meeting Sept. 19.

The village board also discussed the problems the village is having with residents not responding to requests to change out meters. The village needs to swap out old meters to install different meters with a new reading system. There are many meters that have quit transmitting data, according to Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath. Brightly colored post cards will be sent to the houses that need new meters.

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