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Prairie Grove approves raises, intersection project

PRAIRIE GROVE – After three years without raises, most village staff will receive a 6 percent cost-of-living increase this year, the Prairie Grove Village Board decided.

Village staff had recommended larger raises during the budgeting process, taking into account the cost-of-living increase, as well as bringing village salaries in line with neighboring communities, Village Administrator Jeannine Smith said.

With the economy in mind, the board decided to only approve the cost-of-living adjustment, she said.

The “leveling of the playing field” for village salaries would be a discussion for another year.

Not all employees received the adjustment, Smith said. New hires and those who received an increase last year were excluded.

The board also signed off on an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation to install a traffic signal at Route 176 and Smith Road.

The intersection improvement is part of the larger project at the five-point intersection of Route 176, Route 31 and Terra Cotta Avenue in Crystal Lake.

Terra Cotta Avenue has been closed and traffic detoured onto Smith Road.

To accommodate the increase in traffic, the state transportation department proposed installing a traffic signal, Smith said.

The state is covering most of the $1.13 million cost using federal transportation dollars earmarked for higher population areas, according to a state report.

Because Smith Road is a village road, Prairie Grove is responsible for $11,558 worth and will use motor-fuel tax funds to cover its portion, Smith said.

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