‘Grants, grants, grantsâ€™
Village seeks county funding for roof, water main
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARKâ€”Maple Park officials are aggressively pursuing alternative types of revenue for public works projects the village cannot afford with its limited, primary source of funds, property taxes.
â€œSuzanne (trustee Fahnestock) has been writing grants, grants, grants,â€ Village President Kathy Curtis said at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting.
During the meeting, the board authorized two grant applications. One application is for a Kane County Riverboat Fund Program grant of $82,230 to cover the cost of a roof replacement project at the Civic Center. The other application is from the Kane County Community Development Block Grant Program for the water main replacement project.
The cost of the water main replacement is $303,100. The village is requesting $200,000 from the Block Grant Program and will allocate $103,100 in the village budget for the project, Curtis said.
The water main project is in the northeast corridor of town and will help water flow more efficiently, which will enhance fire protection, Curtis said.
The water main replacement will improve the infrastructure between the water tower and the treatment facility by removing the flow restrictions and upgrading the size of the pipe by four inches. The project will replace some of the oldest and smallest pipe in the village from four to eight inches.
The village also applied for federal stimulus program funds through the state several months ago, money that would allow for additional water main work.
â€œIf the stimulus packages continue and we are successful in securing a portion, we could replace the balance of the water mains in the old section of town and eliminate all the old four-inch and six-inch pipe,â€ Curtis said.
Finding additional sources of revenue has been a goal for the village, since the village’s proposed 2009 property tax levy is just $2,944 more than village property taxes in 2008, which totaled $273,943. Under the property tax cap, that 1.1 percent increase is all the state will allow for 2009.