CHANNAHON – The village will receive $22,960 from Red Frog Events this year for hosting the Warrior Dash in Channahon next month. The event brings in tens of thousands of runners over a two-day period, and extra police protection and traffic control is needed.
This is the second year the dash has been held at Dollinger’s Farm in Channahon, and Village President Joe Cook said it went so well last year that he looks forward to it coming to the village again this year.
The Warrior Dash is a race and obstacle course that includes a mud crawl, a flame jump and more challenging activities. Local businesses, such as restaurants and hotels, benefit from the influx of participants, staff and volunteers.
The agreement with Red Frog Events that Channahon trustees approved at the village board meeting Monday evening included the route for the visitors, which will be south on Ridge Road from U.S. 6 to Hansel Road, then west to the entrance.
Visitors will exit Dollinger Farms, head west to McClindon Road and then travel north back to U.S. 6. Channahon police will provide traffic control from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days of the event, June 16 and 17, and will post signs to help divert local traffic from the dash traffic.
PAVING THE WAY
Trustees Monday also approved two roadway issues — one to allow the Illinois Department of Transportation to upgrade the traffic signals at U.S. 6 and Yellow Pine and Ridge Roads.
IDOT will install countdown pedestrian crosswalk timers at the intersections, with the village contributing $1,020, which is 5 percent of the cost.
The village also authorized Midwest Testing Services to provide pavement and soil bore testing in 31 village locations for design and future roadwork. The village will pay $5,035 for their services.
MAKE A PATH
In another matter, trustees approved applying for government funding to develop a bike/pedestrian path along Bridge Street over the I & M Canal and the DuPage River. It would connect the canal path to the existing path along U.S. 6, just west of McKinley Woods Road.
Public Works Director Ed Dolezal told the board that if the grant is approved, the work would be done in 2017 and would include a 10-foot-wide asphalt path and a bridge over the canal.
SOMETHING OF INTEREST
Michael Bowen of Bernardi Securities also had some good news for the board. By recent refinancing of some IEPA loans, Channahon saved more than $106,000 in interest.
Since Channahon’s rating is AA-minus, the refinancing deal got them a new rate of 2.25 percent, which is a quarter of a percent lower than they previously had.
The village will also hold a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28, at 9 a.m.