Wastewater plant takes top priority
Road extension plan on villageâ€™s back burner
by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARKâ€”The Maple Park Village Board on Monday postponed starting work on the Schrader Road extension agreement, citing more current concerns for the revenue-strapped village.
Trustee Debra Armstrong said the village has more pressing priorities than extending Schrader for future development.
â€œWe agreed to only spend money on what impacts the village today,â€ Armstrong said. â€œWhat are we getting out of it now? It might not get done in the next 20 years.â€
The proposed extension, with a railway overpass, would be a major outlet for the planned Meadowbrooks residential development on the east side of the village.
â€œThis agreement would be between the village and the landowners, that if we ever get out there, they will donate the land to us to be annexed,â€ Village President Kathy Curtis said.
The board voted during its Monday meeting to draft the Schrader extension agreement at a later date. The cost to draft the agreement, including legal fees and a desk-top survey expense, will be approximately $1,000. Planning Commissioner Art Maercker said the road extension is part of the villageâ€™s Comprehensive Plan.
Curtis said the board currently should focus on building a new wastewater treatment plant instead, which is necessary to attract and keep development.
â€œWe have nowhere to flush the toilets,â€ Curtis said. â€œI donâ€™t know why we are thinking about anything but a wastewater treatment plant. We should be thinking of nothing else than that, 24 hours a day.â€
The village needs a larger wastewater treatment plant before any future development occurs in Maple Park, village officials said. Another planned subdivision is a 469-home development that John Clare Ltd. intends to build at County Line Road and Route 38. John Clare Ltd. several months ago obtained a five-year extension from the village for starting the project.
The new wastewater treatment plant will have computerized flow monitoring, holding tank, pump station and other features. It will replace the existing plant on Maple Park Road, which consists of an aerated lagoon.
The village last spring pre-applied for a $5 million Illinois Environmental Protection Agency loan funded by federal stimulus money to pay for the new plant. The village could obtain the low-interest loan as early as next spring.