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Sugar Grove opts out of Ride in Kane

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Paratransit Coalition will end its participation in the countywide Ride in Kane program shortly after the beginning of the year.

The village of Sugar Grove, in conjunction with the Sugar Grove Township, Sugar Grove Public Library and Sugar Grove Park District, signed up to participate in the transportation program in May.

Each governmental entity provided $1,000 in funding for the first year to fund rides for residents with disabilities and/or low incomes to work, health care visits, adult daycare, child daycare or programs provided by the participating members of the coalition.

Supplemented with funding from the four entities, riders were to pay $3 for the first 10 miles of the trip and $1.50 for each additional mile.

Although nine people had signed up for the services, Sugar Grove village liaison Joe Wolf said the majority of the money was being utilized by one township resident, who needed to get to his dialysis appointment three times a week. Approximately $400 per month was being spent from the fund, Sugar Grove Village Clerk Cindy Welsch said.

“The money was going to run out before the end of the fiscal year,” Wolf said.

According to Sugar Grove Park District Director Greg Repede, the board members determined that they did not want to put additional funding into the project beyond the board’s initial commitment.

“Our mission is not really to provide transportation,” Repede said.

The Sugar Grove Park District currently partners with the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, which does provide transportation.

Repede said that Park District Board members felt the project was more closely linked to the missions of the village and the township, and that the district’s initial commitment was more to help out from an intergovernmental standpoint.

“We don’t have the ability to sustain the program financially,” he said.

Sugar Grove Township Supervisor Dan Nagel said that the township had budgeted a certain amount of money this year to support the program.

“In order to get more money, we have to take it away from somewhere else,” he said.

Sugar Grove Library District Board President Art Morrical said the hope was that more people would have taken advantage of the program.

“It did not seem like a good use of funds for just one person,” he said.

Wolf said he thought that a budget of $4,000 a year for a program such as this was not enough funding to sustain it. He pointed to Blackberry Township, which started out with $10,000 for the first year.

“You almost need that amount to ensure meeting more than one person’s needs,” he said. “I don’t think the township ever really bought into this. In good times, this kind of thing could have worked.”

Welsch said that it was too bad the program did not work out.

“The good news is that our residents look out for each other,” Welsch said.

Chamber honors its own

by Susan O’Neill
The Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce and Industry honors several of its members each year with awards in one of five categories. This year the chamber also recognized several organizations with special awards for their contributions to the community.

Press release award
The village of Sugar Grove won this category for its speed and thoroughness in keeping the community informed. Village Clerk Cindy Welsch regularly provides information to the community through press releases, the village website and announcements with utility bill mailings about the normal flow of events and services. In addition, village staff were quick to provide vital information to residents during the village’s recent floods.
In the Groove award

Castle Bank received this recognition for employee Lisa Lund’s role in promoting chamber membership and making sure that new members feel welcome. Chair of the membership committee, Lund helped increase membership through several membership drives in the area. She also implemented an orientation process for new members that combines a formal introduction to the community and the organization with informal follow-up and contacts.

Looking So Good Award
Waubonsee Community College won in this category for the new construction on the Sugar Grove campus as the college moves forward with its 2020 Master Plan. Attractive and functional, the Science Building completed in 2006, the Academic and Professional Center in 2007, and the Student Center in 2008 feature state-of-the-art technology to enhance the learning and social experiences of its students.
Chamber Spirit award

Engineering Enterprises, Inc. is recognized with this award for its consistent support of the business and residential community. A sponsor of the Farmer’s Market, Corn Boil and other chamber community events, EEI provides office support and equipment, funding and employee volunteers to ensure their success.
Newcomer award

Brightest Stars Preschool owner Amy Peters has only been in town a short time, but she has jumped in with both feet to participate in community events. In addition to her morning and afternoon pre-school classes, Peters has provided musical and educational programs for children through the library, the Farmer’s Market and the Sugar Grove Corn Boil.

In recognition for stepping up
Special recognition goes to the Village Bible Church and Conley Outreach for providing a place and comfort to students following the fatal accident that claimed high school students Blake Denton and Jeff Malewig.

The Village Bible Church immediately made its building available for students to congregate, and Conley Outreach provided counseling and support as students and teachers attempted to deal with the tragedy.

In recognition for keeping your cool under pressure
Special recognition goes to Oak Trust Credit Union employees for their courage and assistance in apprehending the man who attempted to rob their Sugar Grove branch. Thanks to their quick thinking and observational skills, the Sugar Grove Police, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were able to quickly locate the man and bring him into custody.