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Village Board talks salt, road repair options

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday discussed its options for purchasing salt and for road repair. Streets Supervisor Geoff Payton addressed his thoughts and recommendations for the purchasing of salt for next year.

“We would like to take advantage of the renewal option since we used a lot of our resources this winter,” Payton said. “We need to order 3,200 tons of salt, and we would like them to lock in our price for the year.”

Payton mentioned that they ordered 2,250 tons of salt last year and that the amount they need changes each year. He also told the board that the cost of salt wouldn’t increase past 5 percent. The Village Board has a deadline of Friday, March 28, to send in their request to the state to renew their salt contract.

The Village Board approved Payton’s request for the salt renewal option. Payton mentioned that the village sparingly used sand this year in order to preserve its salt supply.

Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger discussed the related topic of road repair options after a long winter.

“We need to decide if we want to spend the money on crack sealing roads and save some of these roads now,” Eichelberger said. “It will be expensive later.”

Eichelberger mentioned two different ways to fund the road repair, one of them being a vehicle registration fee and the other a referendum. He mentioned the possible negative effects of both options, as the vehicle registration fee could be a very unpopular decision, and the referendum would be difficult to pass in this economy according to Eichelberger.

“There are a lot of issues with both methods, and there isn’t a viable method,” Eichelberger said. “I would like to have a focus-group-type discussion with the Village Board.”

SGVB discusses Ash Borer issue

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday discussed ideas on how to treat trees in the community that have been infested by the Ash Borer beetle.

Streets Supervisor Geoff Payton explained that the Ash Borer issue is becoming more and more problematic and should be taken care of soon. Payton advocated a method known as “soil drenching,” which is more cost effective and could be completed by the village’s Public Works crew.

The board also discussed the idea of removing trees that are non-salvageable. These measures are meant to slow the process of Ash Borer spreading.

Board approve pavement marking plan

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on July 20 voted 5-0 to approve the 2011 Pavement Marking Program.

According to a document from Anthony Speciale, director of public works, and Geoff Payton, streets/properties supervisor, the program will remark the portion of Capitol Drive that stretches from Bliss Road to Galena Boulevard; the portion of East Park Avenue that stretches from Route 47 to Capitol Drive; and the portion of South Dugan Road that stretches from Route 30 to Fay’s Lane, including the quite zone markings.

The cost of the program is $9,000, which will be covered by funds from the 2011-12 fiscal year budget.

Board approves pavement maintenance plan

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on July 20 voted 5-0 to approve a revised 2011 MFT Pavement Maintenance Program, and also voted 5-0 to approve the expenditure of estimated funds for the 2011 MFT Program.

Trustee Rick Montalto was absent from the meeting.

According to a document from Anthony Speciale, director of public works, and Geoff Payton, streets/properties supervisor, the program consists of patching on Windsor Road, Merrill Road, Denny Road, Fairlee Court, Annette’s Circle and Fay’s Lane, as well as mill and overlay work for parts of Terry Drive.

Village approve resolution to opt out of Complete Streets project

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve a resolution that would allow the village to opt out of the Complete Streets portion of its Route 47 and Cross Street Intersection Improvement STP project.

According to a document from Director of Public Works Anthony Speciale and Streets and Property Supervisor Geoff Payton, the village is in the early stages of a study regarding the improvement of the intersection at Route 47 and Cross Street. However, part of the project requires that bicycle and pedestrian ways also be established. The document states that the bicycle and pedestrian ways would be met with significant obstacles at the north and south ends of the project, and because of the costly nature involved with overcoming such obstacles, the village has requested a waiver to opt out of the Complete Streets portion.