ELBURN – The Village Board on Nov. 18 unanimously approved the village’s capital improvement plan for 2020 through 2025. Trustee Ken Anderson was absent from the meeting.
Village President Jeff Walter thanked village department heads for their combined efforts to create the plan.
“This sets the tone for (Finance Director) Doug (Elder) and where to invest for the future,” Walter said. “It sets the tone for us, when we have discussions. This will be a great tool for us.”
The plan included identified projects the village was expected to undertake during the upcoming years in the areas of facility renovations and new facility construction; the purchase and/or maintenance of vehicles and equipment; replacement and/or maintenance of sidewalks; road extensions and street maintenance, water main replacements, existing park maintenance and new park development, and Metra parking lot maintenance and equipment replacement.
In previous discussions, village board and staff members identified several priorities in the capital improvement plan, including bringing existing parks up to par, replacing the bridge at Prairie Park, bringing additional road miles up to date as new subdivisions are developed and renovating the Metra parking lot.
Big ticket items include the construction of a new police facility in 2022 at an estimated cost of $13.1 million, the extension of Anderson Road south of Keslinger Road and the extension of Thyrelius Road, for a combined total of $1.2 million, and $1.6 million for the addition of a traffic signal at the intersection of Route 38 and Anderson Road.
The cost to replace a number of water mains in the village is estimated at about $4 million, and the cost to crack seal and patch the Metra parking lot and replace pay station equipment and parking lot cameras is expected to cost about $110,000.
Estimates of total costs for capital improvements, maintenance and replacement came to a total of $29 million for the next four years.
Walter explained that the establishment of a capital improvement plan to direct projects over the next five years enables the financial director to make financial investment decisions that align with and support those goals. In addition, the study of the condition of the roads in town currently being conducted by Engineering Enterprises, Inc. will enable the village to prioritize specific roads for specific maintenance, allowing the village to focus its efforts.
These plans together enable the village to operate more effectively, he said.
Revisions made to the Solicitor Ordinance
In response to requests from a number of residents, the village made some revisions to its Solicitor Ordinance, one of which allows street vendors, such as the ice cream trucks and other mobile vendors that do not approach individual residences, to operate until 7 p.m., as well as on Saturdays. Hours for other vendors are restricted to 5 p.m. and they are only allowed to solicit from Monday to Friday.
The village has also come up with language that may be used in signage to prohibit solicitors from approaching their homes, and has also created signs available for residents’ use.