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Board approves widening of road to schools

Work expected to correct drainage issues along roadway

Jared Baker
Granville village president
Jared Baker Granville village president

GRANVILLE — During the Granville Village Board meeting on July 2, a variety of improvements to the village were advanced through the next step toward their completion.

The board approved up to $4,000 for the estimated materials required to improve the portion of County Road 1300 East, which runs between the primary and high school grounds.

The village will be undertaking the labor required to widen the area, and provide additional off-street parking for when there’s activity at the adjacent ball field.

The work will also correct the drainage issues caused by the area’s ditch not being pitched in the proper direction. Moore reported an engineer and the property owners in the area both recommended the same improvements. The ditch will be cut deeper where needed to encourage drainage.

Water treatment plant

Shug Grosenbach, representing the North Central Illinois Council of Governments, spoke to the board to administratively close out the Community Development Block Grant that funded a number of improvements at the village’s water treatment plant.

The project, which was overseen by village engineer Mike Richetta of Chamlin and Associates and completed by Vissering Construction, included improvements to the plant’s storage tanks, pumps, piping, controls and more.

Grosenbach reported the total cost for the project was $602,768.95. The village was required to provide roughly $200,000 toward the effort. The balance was funded through the grant.

Grosenbach also reported the benefit to low-to-moderate income persons for the project was 80.93 percent. This figure was determined by a 2013 community survey.

Of the approximately $400,000 in grant funding, $323,826.83 directly benefited low-to-moderate income individuals.

Elm Street

Board member Jim Pettit said Richetta would soon begin the design process for the village’s Elm Street project. Village President Jared Baker previously announced state Rep. Lance Yednock will be helping the village to secure $177,000 toward the work 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.

Waste water treatment plant

Acting Public Works and Street Department Superintendent Kevin Moore told the board that two-thirds of the work to improve the area around the waste water treatment plant’s lagoon has been completed.

Improvements to the path leading to the lagoon are also being made to improve safety and may include the possible installation of a handrail.

The large fan to help dry the plant’s waste polymer has been installed.

Moore also said research is continuing into the recommended improvements to the generator at the plant. As the generator starts, the motors draw too much amperage and are exceeding the limits of the circuit breakers. The likely remedy will be the installation of a “soft start” system that will gradually bring the generator online.

In other news

• The board approved hiring three part-time police officers, one of whom will be a retired LaSalle County deputy.

• New swings have been installed in Veterans and Hopkins parks.

• New basketball hoops have been installed at Hopkins Park.

• Pettit continues to work on the upcoming village budget.

• On the agenda for the next board meeting will be possible acceptance of two lots that the current owners would like to donate to the village. Baker recommended accepting them, as the lots are small, not suited for development and contain utilities.

• The next Granville Village Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on July 16.

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