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Island Lake eyes village hall

ISLAND LAKE – The Village Board met with its team of construction and design consultants Friday, continuing plans to build a municipal center at Water Tower Park.

Island Lake officials reviewed proposed layouts and building materials, such as aluminum, stone base, cement trim and fiber siding panels.

Village leaders want to ensure that the building would be “aesthetically within the community and to make sure we keep costs down,” Trustee Thea Morris said. “It’s part of the process to see whether or not we can move forward with it.”

The meeting at 1 p.m. in the current village office, 3720 Greenleaf Ave., was subdued compared to public hearings last week and the week before.

Then, residents packed the village hall gymnasium and pressed leaders about how the multimillion-dollar project would be financed without hurting taxpayers.

Spencer Skinner of architectural design firm BKV Group said at last week’s hearing that construction of a municipal building would cost about $5 million.

Financial consultants estimate it would cost the village $28,500 a month under a 20-year payment plan, or $22,100 a month under a 30-year plan.

A group led by longtime resident Mark Beeson, who is a trustee candidate in 2013, organized a petition that overcame an objection and placed on the Nov. 6 ballot a nonbinding, advisory referendum. Residents will be able to vote for or against a new municipal complex at Water Tower Park on Route 176, near Newport Court.

Board President Debbie Herrmann and other village officials repeatedly have said that a new municipal building still is in the early stages and that the project is not a foregone conclusion.


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