Board looks to make school routes safer

Trustees approve application for program grant

Thursday, June 7, 2007

ALPHA - Village Board members Monday night approved a resolution to apply for a grant for the "Safe Routes to School" plan.

The reimbursement grant program, through Illinois Department of Transportation, provides for sidewalks, necessary easements, marking crosswalks and other safety work to provide for children's safety.

The board will get estimates for the work it is considering, but the plan has to be submitted by the end of June.

AlWood faculty member Cassie Hanson attended the meeting and discussed the changes the AlWood District is considering. At the elementary school, this will include changes in parking, bus zone, extending a fence and adding sidewalk.

The plan at the elementary school would result in a curb that would narrow East A Street.

"Narrowing routes slows traffic," Hanson said.

The board expressed concern about the condition of the shoulder of East A Street if the street is narrowed on the north, or school side. Board members planned to visit the site and consider how this might affect the street.

The Village Board will continue to work on a plan to get the Marlane addition residences connected to the rest of the village. This is part of the overall plan and was a top priority on a survey.

Trustee Angie Althaus has been working with Hanson on the plans for the village work with regard to this proposal and grant.

Bills were approved for payment, with the bill from Superior Asphalt amended to $4,150, the amount of the original estimate.

The bill submitted was in the amount of $8,926 and though additional patching work was added to the original estimate, Trustee Mike Petrovich, street chairman, will contact the business and any balance will be paid next month.

Petrovich explained preparation work for the blacktop scheduled for the west side of town. Village streets east of U.S. 150 were repaired and blacktopped a few years ago.

"Grading work needs to be done, possibly move a meter pit, install some culverts, and continue patching," Petrovich said.

The board approved a resolution to appropriate $120,000 in motor fuel tax funds to pay for the work.

In other business, the board:

- Learned the annual ice cream social with music in the park is scheduled for Sept. 9;

- Learned the flags to will remain on display through Flag Day;

- Allowed $1,250 for furniture for the office, per request from treasurer Steve Norberg.


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