Infrastructure improvements on horizon

MAPLE PARK—Thanks to grant money, Maple Park is making its way toward funding improvements to its infrastructure.

The village received a $100,000 Department of Commerce Economic Opportunities grant to mitigate flooding in three areas of town. The work must be completed by July 2012, under grant restrictions.

The village also received a $50,000 grant to repair the roof on the community center. The concrete parapet wall needs significant masonry work to fill cracks and holes before roof repair can begin, village officials said. Trustee Pat Lunardon said that she has received several quotes that place masonry costs at $20,000.

Village officials expect that money from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be available in 2011 to improve portions of the existing water main system. The mains need replacement to ensure that the system has adequate water pressure, said Jeremy Lin, principal engineer for the village.