Sugar Grove village notes

Plan Commissioners waive meeting stipend
Sugar Grove Plan Commissioners voted at the Nov. 18 meeting to waive their meeting stipend of $25, in a gesture to assist with the village’s budget shortfall. With seven commissioners, the estimated cost savings for the village is approximately $175 per meeting.

The Plan Commission generally meets once a month with all members in attendance.

Village joins gas franchise consortium
Sugar Grove joined the Northern Illinois Municipal Natural Gas Franchise Consortium, which will give the village and other participating municipalities greater negotiating power with natural gas utilities. Sugar Grove is the Steering Committee representative for the Metro West Council of Governments.

The formation of a consortium also reduces the cost to each municipality of drafting, negotiating and finalizing a new gas franchise. The agreements are for contracts for village services, and do not apply to individual resident’s contracts.

Village considers truck weight restrictions
Sugar Grove is considering seasonal weight restrictions on certain village roadways in order to protect the roads and reduce maintenance costs.

The changing of seasons between winter and spring creates conditions known as freeze-thaw cycles, which increase the chance of damage to the asphalt, Streets and Properties Supervisor Geoff Payton said.

Heavy trucks and equipment on the roads can make the problems worse. Payton said the restrictions could be implemented in the spring to keep the heavier trucks and equipment off village roads during these critical times. Firefighting equipment, school buses, garbage trucks and village-owned vehicles would be exempted.

Dugan, Granart, Wheeler and Hankes roads and Prairie Street are the roads under consideration.