Village hall design focus of Island Lake meeting

ISLAND LAKE – Village leaders will continue to work on plans for a new municipal complex when they meet with consultants Friday morning.

The Village Board has been meeting with its team of consultants – BKV Group, an architectural firm, and Draper and Kramer, a financial service firm – to assess the feasibility of building a village hall at Water Tower Park on Route 176, near Newport Court.

The next workshop session is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. Friday at village hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave. Discussions could include floor plans and designs. As of Tuesday, the village, through its Facebook page, defined the project as a “conceptual project.”

“This project is clearly stated as a conceptual project in need of approval to move forward,” the posting said.

Earlier this month, officials reviewed layouts and building materials, including aluminum, stone base, cement trim and fiber siding panels.

In recent months, some residents have questioned how officials are going about the “phase one” process.

At two public hearings late last month, residents packed the village hall gymnasium and pressed leaders about how the multimillion-dollar project would be financed without hurting taxpayers. At the time, the cost for construction was estimated at $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.

If you go

What: Workshop session on municipal complex project

When: 9:15 a.m., Friday

Where: Village Hall, 3720 Greenleaf Ave. in Island Lake

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