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Brisbin Road study to get underway soon

MINOOKA – The signing of an intergovernmental agreement between the villages of Minooka and Channahon and the North Central Illinois Council of Governments paves the way for a study of the Brisbin Road industrial/commercial development to get underway.

Minooka village trustees, in a 5-0 vote with Mayor Pat Brennan and Trustee Rudy Martin absent, approved this week the agreement which gives NCICG the authority to administer the grant money for the project.

Minooka was awarded a planning grant through the Economic Development Administration in the amount of $100,000 for a feasibility study for providing infrastructure to the area.

Each village must contribute $25,000 toward the study and the EDA is matching that with $50,000, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said.

The village expects to send out quote requests for the project within a couple of weeks.

The property surrounding the recently completed Brisbin Road interchange off U.S. Route 6 between Channahon and Morris has been slated to support industry and commercial or retail businesses such as hotels, gas stations and restaurants.

Its main function is to serve as an alternate route for industrial truck traffic along U.S. 6.

The 12,000-acre property has boundaries in Channahon, Minooka and Morris.

Levy rate approved

Minooka trustees, in a 5-0 vote, approved the village property tax levy for 2013 at a rate of 0.7751. The total recommended amount is $2,073,471, a 6 percent increase over the prior year’s rate, Duffy said.

The levy rate was increased to offset a decrease in the village’s estimated assessed valuation, which is predicted to go down by about 2.5 percent, based on estimates from the three county assessors.

On the flip side, the village saw $4,300,764 in new construction between residential, commercial and industrial which helps offset the AV decrease, Duffy said.

“We are seeing [construction] come back up,” Duffy said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

The largest increase in the levy comes from the police pension fund, which jumped from $294,780 to $411,787.

The board has made a conscious decision to work at funding the pension so the village doesn’t have problems with it in the future, Duffy said.

Coady Drive work awarded

D.E. Thompson Excavating was awarded the Coady Drive infrastructure improvements at a cost of $485,813. Thompson was the lowest of nine bidders on the storm sewer and water main improvement project. Thompson’s bid was below the engineer’s estimate of $677,558, according to village records.

In a related matter, in a 5-0 vote, the Village Board approved an easement agreement with New Lenox State Bank for 135 feet in Meadows subdivision to enhance the Cody Drive storm water retention.

“[This] will significantly increase the capacity of storm water retention to avoid any additional water problems,” Trustee Dennis Martin said.

Hazard mitigation agreement

Minooka has signed an agreement giving Grundy County permission to work with the property owner near Tabler Road in a flood plain.

Through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Grundy County is buying up property in and around Tabler Road that was hardest hit during the spring floods and is at risk for chronic flooding. The properties will be turned into open space.

One of the approximately 12 properties the county is working on is within Minooka village limits, so the village’s approval was needed to allow it to be included in the program.

In other business, in a 5-0 vote the Village Board approved amendments to the fire sprinkler code for businesses to allow AirGas to install an alternate system in their new Minooka facility. The system must be third party approved, according to village documents.

AirGas needs a sprinkler system that does not utilize water in order to protect electrical equipment in the facility, Dennis Martin said.

The board also approved an agreement with Grundy County for animal control services in the amount of $666.35, an increase of $140 over the previous year.

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