SG Village Board reflects on 2013 accomplishments
by Natalie Juns
SUGAR GROVE—When Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels reflects on the village’s 2013, he thinks of the accomplishments and progress the Village Board made this year.
Progress with the Route 47/I-88 interchange and Dugan/Route 30 resurfacing, as well as a project to implement fiber optics and the planned groundbreaking of Ace Hardware and American Heartland’s Sugar Grove locations in the spring, are at the top of his list of achievements.
“We had a great year and accomplished a lot,” Michels said. “We moved forward with the Route 47 and I-88 project. This is a $20 million project, and the state is paying for the engineering up front.”
The Route 47 and I-88 project would implement a full interchange from Route 47 onto I-88 in Sugar Grove.
The Village Board also had the roads on the east side of town resurfaced, and progressed with its plan regarding the Dugan and Route 30 project. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is currently in the midst of a study to identify when and where to resurface, repair and add lanes to the project.
Several other road improvement projects made progress in 2013, including the two-lane roundabout that will connect Route 30, Granart Road and Bucktail Lane creating a four-way intersection. IDOT has invested $4 million into the roundabout project.
Michels said he counts Ace Hardware and American Heartland Bank’s prospective locations in Sugar Grove on the board’s list of accomplishments. Both businesses will break ground next spring.
“Both Ace Hardware and American Heartland Bank were two major projects this year, and I know they will be great additions to the community,” Michels said.
Village trustee Mari Johnson weighed in on the vast amount of commercial businesses that moved to town and the progress made with different developers.
“I think some of the accomplishments are the Mallard Point drainage project and the sale of lots at Prairie Glen to Orleans Homes,” Johnson said. “They sold 24 homes when they were expecting to sell 10 to 12. The approval of Ace Hardware is on our list of accomplishments, along with all the new commercial businesses, including Runway to Galway, Great Clips, Java Plus, Rush Copley, Cadence Health, SLKM Enterprises, Inc., and Cross Fit of Sugar Grove. Also, the Glancer magazine office moved to Sugar Grove on Main Street, and they now have a Sugar Grove version of the magazine.”
Michels is also proud of the progress the village has made with an extension of Sugar Grove’s bike trail and pathway.
“It will be great to have a bike trail and pathway where residents can bike or walk to different stores and restaurants,” he said.