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Two small, but important projects : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Two small, but important projects
4/3/2014

The Montgomery and Oswego village boards are to be commended for following through on two relatively small, but important public infrastructure projects.

As we reported last week, the Montgomery Village Board voted unanimously to waive competitive bidding and hire a contractor to install an emergency warning siren on village-owned land adjacent to The Conservation Foundation's Dickson-Murst Farmstead off Dickson Road on the village's far west side. Last June several homeowners from subdivisions near Dickson Road told the village board they could not hear any of the village's existing sirens as a severe thunderstorm approached. The residents urged the board to have a siren installed as soon as possible. Responding to the residents' request, the board followed through by having a necessary engineering study completed and then designating funds in the village's current fiscal year budget for the project.

As a result of the board's action, the new siren should be in place ready to warn residents of impeding bad weather or other emergencies late this spring or early this summer.

In Oswego this past month, the village board approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) concerning the installation of a trail for cyclists and pedestrians along the north side of Mill Road on the village's far west side. The trail will be installed this summer and extend east from Ill. Route 31 to Orchard Road.

A few years ago village staff saw the need for the trail and applied for and later obtained a federal grant administered through IDOT to pay for the majority share of its cost.

The trail is an important link in a gradually developing trail network on the village's west side. Once the trail is installed, cyclists, pedestrians and runners will be able to travel entirely off-road from the village's downtown to Yorkville's Grand Reserve Subdivision west of Orchard Road.

Over the past two decades it was the Oswegoland Park District that pushed to make sure trails were included in plans for new subdivisions in Oswego and Montgomery. Through the park district's efforts nearly 20 miles of trails now link the community and area residents of all ages have direct access to the extensive trail networks in Kane, DuPage and Will counties. The Mill Road trail is a welcome addition to the local trial network and village officials deserve credit for securing the grant to assure its development.





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