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Channahon to get new point of interest signs

CHANNAHON – The village of Channahon will be getting new signs to help drivers find points of interest by partnering with area agencies to purchase the signs.

Channahon Village Board members approved Monday the purchase of 23 wayfaring signs from Signature Streetscapes for $18,998.

Contributions to help pay for the signage have been received from the Channahon Park District, Channahon Township, Channahon Fire Protection District and state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, which will reduce Channahon’s financial contribution by about $6,000, according to Community Development Director Mike McMahon.

Contributions also will be sought from the school districts.

The signs are designed to help drivers locate public buildings and other points of interest in the village, such as fire stations, parks, canal access, the police station, village hall, the library and schools. Nineteen of the signs will be 48-by-54 inches with dual-post breakaway units and a black background. The remaining four will be 24-by-36 inches with single-post breakaway mounts.

In other business, trustees also approved an ordinance convening a joint review board and calling for a public hearing regarding a new tax increment financing district on the east side of town.

A TIF district is an area in which assessed property values are frozen at their current level. Tax money generated from the difference between the frozen value and current value of those properties goes into a special TIF fund to be used to improve properties in the district.

The joint review board, composed of the taxing bodies that would be affected by the TIF, is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. May 27 at the Village Municipal Center. The public hearing will be at 6 p.m. July 7 at the same location.

Also Monday, the date for the first Village Board meeting in June was changed from June 2 to June 3, to allow for attendance at the junior high’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony.

Also at the meeting, the board approved:

• The Police Pension Board reappointments of Robert Guess (expiring 2015) and Mark Thelo (expiring 2016).

• The Tree Board reappointments of Mary Ann Cassini (expiring 2016), Georgia Johnson (expiring 2017) and Tina Lentz (expiring 2017).

• The Planning and Zoning Commission reappointments of Karen Ciarlette (expires 2015), James Proffitt (expires 2019), Chantal Host (expires 2018), Phil Loizon (expires 2017) and Casey McCollom (expires 2017).

• A new appointment may be made to the Planning and Zoning Commission at the next meeting.

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