Shorewood roadwork almost complete
BY CLARE WALTERS Correspondent July 11, 2013 7:02PM
Updated: August 13, 2013 6:07AM
Road improvements to nearly two miles of Shorewood streets are wrapping up.
Trustee Dan Anderson said Tuesday the village’s annual street-improvement program, funded by gasoline sales tax revenue, soon will end for the year. All that remains of the $1.2 million project is landscape restoration.
The village each year has matched revenues generated from gasoline sales tax with money from its general fund to attend to the village streets most in need of resurfacing.
This year’s project included portions of nearly a dozen village streets, including Country Drive, Colony Court, Greenfield Road, Edgebrook Drive, Madeira Drive, Windsor Drive, Valencia Drive, Lynwood Court and Ranchwood Drive.
The project’s financial burden on the general fund was lessened by about $600,000 for the first time by revenues from the 1 percent, voter-approved village sales tax increase that was implemented two years ago.
During Tuesday’s Shorewood village board meeting, trustees approved a $380,000 payment request from Joliet-based P.T. Ferro Construction, the project’s contractor. The payment covers all work completed to date, which was deemed as in compliance with village requirements and contracts by an independent engineering firm.
The board also approved an appointment and two reappointments to the village’s planning and zoning commission.
Mayor Rick Chapman said he recommended the appointment of Troy Township firefighter and paramedic Ken Votava to the commission. Votava was a candidate for village trustee in the spring election but did not win a seat.
“He said he’d love to start to learn the process of how the village operates and how the village works,” Chapman said of asking Votava to join the commission for a two-year term.
Votava, a Shorewood resident for the last 10 years, said his training as a firefighter has required him to be well-versed in building codes. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the village board regarding new developments, code exceptions and changes, permitting and more.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work with the village and help the community,” Votava said.
The board also approved the reappointment of Duane Gronwold and Ellen Kijowski to two-year terms on the commission.