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Cary gives Village Administrator Clark a 3 percent raise

Cary gives Clark a 3 percent raise

CARY – The day-to-day leader of the village has a new four-year deal.

Village Administrator Chris Clark had his contract renewed for four years by the Village Board.

He received a 3 percent pay increase, bringing his annual salary to $132,613. Future increases are subject to approval of the Village Board and the village president.

Clark’s car allowance also was increased to $425 a month from $400.

His term as village administrator runs concurrently with Village President Mark Kownick.

Clark has been village administrator since October 2011 and replaced Cameron Davis, who was fired six months earlier.

The village also is considering proposed parameters from District 26 on a proposed planning study for the vacant Maplewood School property.

The village of Cary wants District 26 to help pay for a planning study on Maplewood School, which is expected to cost $38,000 and would be performed by Houseal Lavigne Associates if approved. The village wants the school district to pay for half of the cost after the property is sold.

The district would contribute if the district and a potential developer are involved in the process, the study is done in 45 days, the property sells within six months of the study being completed for what the study revealed, and that the property sells for at least $2.2 million, which is the minimum asking price set by the district.

Village staff members are considering the proposed parameters, Clark said.

Director of Community and Economic Development Chris Stilling said the study was proposed because Maplewood is a large piece of property close to the downtown area.

The comprehensive plan calls for the area to have some sort of institutional use, such as a school.

“We’re looking at a site that is not greenfield,” Stilling said. “We’re getting requests to develop a parcel that hadn’t been identified for redevelopment through our planning documents. It’s prudent for municipalities to go through a process like this and determine what the highest and best use would be for the village, taking into consideration all factors: the property owner, surrounding properties, impact on the village.”

In other action, the village approved a resurfacing project for Fox Trails Terrace. The project is expected to cost $37,900 and will extend from Fox Trails North to Fox Trails South.

About 750 feet of road surface will be removed and replaced by Chicagoland Paving, based in Lake Zurich.

“The subdivision is relatively new and the asphalt surface course has not met rideability standards, which has led to premature cracking,” according to a staff memo to the Village Board. “The surface course did not pass inspection on two separate occasions.”

Village staff members notified the developer of the road’s problems, and gave the developer ample time to correct the problem, according to village documents. After no work was done to correct the problem, the village decided to resurface the road with money from the developer’s maintenance bond.

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