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Residents to finally see resolution to old problem

Five years later, village will fix drainage swale

Published: Friday, May 25, 2012 7:00 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, May 25, 2012 2:41 p.m. CST

MINOOKA — Homeowners in Reflections at Waters Edge and Chestnut Ridge subdivisions will finally see a resolution to an old problem.

Residents have waited over five years to have a drainage swale between the subdivisions graded and planted with grass.

The original developer walked away from the project before it was completed, Tonarelli said. Water drains into the swale and pools close to townhomes in Chestnut Ridge, which is lower than Reflections.

D.E. Thompson Excavation will widen out and reshape the swale and plant grass at a cost of $34,138.

“It’s nice after five or six years to actually move this forward again,” Trustee Barry Thompson said. “I am sure the homeowners will appreciate it.”

ROAD PROJECTS

Several major road projects in the village should be underway in the next few weeks.

Village trustees awarded a contract to 'D' Construction to improve the grading approach to the CSX railroad tracks on McLindon Road in the amount of $545,978.22. 'D' Construction will increase the grading 800 to 900 feet from the tracks to decrease the incline and level out the road, Tonarelli said.

D.E. Thompson Excavation was awarded a contract for a water main extension on McLindon in the amount of $132,855.30.

“We are going to extend (the water main) north and south of the railroad tracks to the ComEd right of way,” Tonarelli said. “Since we are doing construction there, we thought we would do that.”

The line will eventually connect to Minooka Road’s water main, in preparation for future needs, he said.

Robinson Engineering was approved to oversee the McLindon Road projects, at a cost of $50,000.

Robinson was also approved to oversee an improvement project on Twin Rails Road at a cost of $48,100.

Thompson was awarded the contract to replace 200 feet of storm sewer on Deer Path Drive at a cost of $49,697.75. The new sewers will replace old, eroding pipes, Tonarelli said.

The projects were bid out early to take advantage of anticipated good pricing, Duffy said.

“And that’s exactly what we saw," he said.

All projects should begin in June or July, depending on the weather, Duffy said.

ARBOR LAKES

Developers of Arbor Lakes subdivision have received board approval to begin phase 1D, for 11 new duplex lots. The developer’s request is an indication that residential building continues in Minooka, Brennan said.

“It’s an indication the incentive program is working,” Duffy said. “We hope to see residential growth again.”

VILLAGE REAPPOINTMENTS

Village trustees approved the appointments of three commissioners.

Jeffrey Hanley was reappointed to a five-year term on the Planning/Zoning commission; Kevin Sing to a two-year term on the Police Pension Board; and Gregory Reigh to a three-year term as Police Commission President.

Trustees also reappointed Spesia and Ayers as village attorney and Robinson Engineering as village engineer.

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