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Board preparing for August street repairs

Rep. Yednock to help with funding of Elm Street project

Jared Baker
Granville village president
Jared Baker Granville village president

GRANVILLE — With the major renovations of McCoy Street completed last year, the Granville Village Board took steps during its June 4 meeting to address the many other streets needing attention.

“With McCoy Street completed, I think it’s good for our residents to see us working to fix some of our other streets,” board member Jim Pettit said.

The necessary paperwork to be approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation had been presented to Village President Jared Baker by engineer Mike Richetta. The $107,000 project will be funded through the village’s Motor Fuel Tax Fund, and the work is expected to be done in August.

Baker said IDOT’s approval of the work was expected to take between four to six weeks. The work will include $4,000 to spray-patch the winter-related cracks on McCoy Street, and $19,000 for four days of patching other various streets. There will also be $75,000 of various sealcoating work.

Questions arose about some of the more deteriorated streets in the village that weren’t on the board’s list, such as Harrison Street. It was reported Harrison Street also has drainage issues that need to be corrected first and that the approved work was only the first phase of anticipated improvements.

Pettit said there was still roughly $100,000 in the village’s Road Repair Fund that could be used for additional and more extensive repairs.

Baker also reported he and Pettit had been speaking with state Rep. Lance Yednock about the village’s plans for Elm Street improvements. He said Yednock will be helping the village to secure $177,000 for the project through the state’s recently passed capital improvement budget.

The funds are expected to cover engineering expenses and the work required to widen Elm Street from Route 71 to Hopkins Street, as well as the addition of curbs and a sidewalk.

In other news

• The board approved additional compensation for Granville Police Chief Kevin Moore in recognition of the additional duties he’s taken on as the village’s acting superintendent of the Granville Public Works and Street Department.

• The village will continue the inspection and surveying of local drains and sewers as it works to identify the most problematic areas.

• Pettit said he has been investigating health insurance options for the village and that there may be benefit revisions for new employees in the future.

• The necessary wiring has been completed for the new 12-foot fan scheduled to be installed at the wastewater treatment plant on June 20. The fan is expected to improve the drying time of the plant’s polymer waste mixture.

• The board agreed to replace the 15-year-old baby swings in Hopkins Park after a recommendation from member Bob Fescenmeyer.

The next Granville Village Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. June 18.

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