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Lakemoor sets spending priorities

New Village Hall, road work top the list of capital improvement plan

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

LAKEMOOR – Starting construction on a new Village Hall, putting in new bathrooms at Morrison Park and repairing roads are on Lakemoor’s capital improvement plan for this coming fiscal year.

The Village Board unanimously approved the three-year plan at its meeting Thursday.

It’s not meant to be a hard-and-fast document, said Trustee Phil Lonigro, who chairs the Finance Committee. Instead, it’s supposed to make the budgeting process more efficient and responsible.

“What happens is every year when we put the budget together, we try to think of what type of capital expenditures could we have,” he said. “It seems like it’s always, ‘There’s nothing this year.’ Then six months go by and then suddenly there is a capital expenditure and we need to rework the budget.”

The capital improvement plan is designed to keep that from happening, Lonigro said, adding that he “seriously doubt[s]” that everything in the plan will get done when it says.

But most things listed for this year are likely to happen, he said. That includes demolition of the old Village Hhall, planning stages of the new one and replacing the bathrooms at Morrison Park. It also suggests putting vehicle replacements on a schedule and updating technology.

“I’m excited about the process of beginning the new Village Hall planning,” Lonigro said. “That’s going to be very big and very important. It’s something that the town has been wanting for a long time.”

That’s the first item on Village President Todd Weihofen’s list, too.

The capital improvement plan estimates construction will cost the village more than $3 million over three years and land acquisition could cost an additional $650,000.

Weihofen also points to road improvements as a high priority. Each year village engineers determine which roads will be fixed based on condition; this year’s roads have yet to be determined.

The plan proposes spending $440,000 on road resurfacing and an additional $200,000 next year.

The village demolished the old Morrison Park bathrooms last year because they were in disrepair, Weihofen said. Portable bathrooms were installed in the interim.

“That’s our central park,” he said, explaining why the improvement is important. “People utilize it. The beach is right there, fishermen use it, the Easter Egg Hunt is held there.”

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