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Water, sewers, roads top Algonquin plans

ALGONQUIN – Village officials are planning $12 million of infrastructure work in the next fiscal year, which begins in May.

The administration this week began rolling out its budget plan for fiscal 2013-14, which includes work on three miles of road.

It plans $2.5 million in water and sewer improvements, including water main replacement in the Indian Grove subdivision, and water and sewer installation for the Algonquin Western Bypass.

The Indian Grove subdivision road reconstruction and water main improvement was planned for last year but was delayed by redesign to minimize the loss of trees in the area.

“Hopefully it’s a long-term investment [residents] will appreciate,” said Mike Kumbera, assistant to the village manager.

This summer, the village plans to reconstruct 2.06 miles of street in the Fieldcrest Farms subdivision. Work is planned for Aberdeen Drive, Briarwood Lane, Arquilla Drive, Barrington Court, Farmhill Court, Farmhill Drive, Fieldcrest Drive, Preston Court, Preston Street and Tallgrass Court.

Road reconstruction work also is scheduled for the Highlands of Algonquin area. That will include Glengarry Court, Interloch Court and St. Andrews Court.

In conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the village plans to build a quarter-mile-long sidewalk on Main Street between Beach Drive and La Fox River Drive.

The plan also calls for resurfacing by the village Public Works Department in the Dawson Mill and High Hill Farms subdivisions.

There will be about $100,000 of work on the Algonquin Lakes storm sewer to fix erosion damage.

Grand Reserve also will have its creek and wetland work completed, which is being paid for with a developer’s letter of credit.

Touch-up work on Edgewood Drive after major work last year also is planned, Kumbera said.

Village officials intend to remove invasive species and put in native plants in areas, including Spella Park, the stormwater detention basin at Blue Ridge and Tahoe parkways, and Falcon Ridge nature preserve.

The village further hopes to add a permeable paver lot at Kelliher Park to address parking issues. It calls for 75 percent funding through an Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant, but whether the village receives the grant has yet to be determined.

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