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Oswego targets several streets for resurfacing
Resolution passed; work expected to start after Memorial Day

by John Etheredge


Streets in four Oswego subdivisions are targeted for resurfacing later this year.

This past week the village board passed a resolution authorizing the expenditures of $812,935 in state-reimbursed Motor Fuel Tax funds for the village's annual street maintenance program.

The following street sections are proposed for resurfacing according to a memo presented to the board by Jennifer Hughes, the village's public works director:

Morgan Crossing

Collins Road from Grove Road to 170 feet east of Morgan Valley Drive.

Heritage of Oswego

Barnaby Drive from Heritage Drive to 540 feet east of Heritage Drive.

Heritage Drive from U.S. Route 34 to Farmington Lakes Drive.

Ogden Falls

Blue Ridge Court from Ogden Falls Boulevard to cul-de-sac.

Blue Ridge Drive from Ogden Falls Boulevard to Treasure Drive.

Half Moon Court from Blue Ridge Drive to Blue Ridge Drive.

Ogden Falls Boulevard from Treasure Drive to north of Blue Ridge Drive.

Treasure Drive from Ogden Falls Boulevard to butt joint.

Loreen Court at Treasure Drive.

Sunshine Court at Treasure Drive.

Victoria Meadows

Barnaby Drive from Douglas Road to Old Post Road.

Charlotte Lane from Old Post Road to Old Post Road.

Joseph Court off of Old Post Road.

Mondovi Drive from Barnaby Drive to Old Post Road.

Hot patching set
for other streets

Hughes noted that public works staff has decided to postpone the resurfacing of streets in the Gates Creek Subdivision and instead hot patch sections of the following streets:

•Harvey Road

•Ogden Falls Boulevard

•Minkler Road at the bridge

•Farmington Lakes Drive

•Pearce's Ford Drive

•Prairieview Drive

The village's approved resolution is currently awaiting review and approval by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

According to Hughes, contractor bids for the street maintenance work will be opened during the first week of May with construction expected to begin immediately after Memorial Day on Monday, May 26.

All work should be completed by July 20, Hughes noted.

In addition to the $812,935 in MFT funds the village is proposing to use $525,000 in additional revenue to pay for the street maintenance work.



Oswego president: village may not need to raise taxes for roads

Hearing on tentative budget Tuesday

By John Etheredge

Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq said Friday the village might be able to fund its street maintenance program for the fiscal year beginning May 1 without a tax increase.

LeClercq said the village may be able to avoid a tax increase by making further cuts to the village's proposed 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

The board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the budget during their next meeting on Tuesday, April 15. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at village hall.

LeClercq said he expects the board will agree to schedule an additional meeting prior to May 1 to cast a final vote on the budget.

Village staff members have recommended the board consider using their Home Rule authority and pass a tax increase to finance a long-term capital improvement plan (CIP).

Street maintenance, new road construction and vehicle purchases for the police and public works departments are among the items proposed for funding in the village's CIP.

According to the CIP, "on average, approximately $1.3 million in additional funding is needed over the next five years to complete the village's annual road (maintenance) program."

To provide those additional revenues, village staff has asked the board to consider increasing the village's Home Rule Sales tax by either one-quarter to one-half percent.

A one-quarter of a percent increase in Home Rule sales tax would serve to increase the village's 7.75 percent sales tax to eight percent, while a one-half percent would serve to increase it to 8.25 percent-the same as Aurora and Yorkville.

If the board determines cuts can't be made to the village's budget, LeClercq said he would favor a tax increase that is "least onerous to our residents."

He noted that everyone who purchases merchandise or fuel in village stores or gas stations, pays sales and fuel taxes, not just village residents.

Asked how the board would provide funding for the village's street maintenance program and other capital expenses in subsequent years, LeClercq said, referring to the board, "We're going to have to have that discussion."

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