Officials work to preserve prairie

Township to keep up portion of park

ALGONQUIN – Hoping to help maintain a nature preserve, the village and Dundee Township have created an agreement for the township to maintain a small portion of one of the village’s parks.

The village and Dundee Township officials have finalized an intergovernmental agreement for the township to maintain a small portion of Braewood Park to help preserve the Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve.

The township has been restoring the hillside prairie and fen located on the nature preserve property adjacent to Braewood Park, according to a village memo written by Assistant Public Works Director Michele Zimmerman.

Restoration work on the Dixie Briggs Fromm Nature Preserve has been taking place for several years.

The area was heavily covered with invasive trees and shrub species and essentially unusable, Zimmerman wrote.

The township cleaned up the area and seeded it with native prairie plants as part of the restoration. Native prairie plantings will serve as a buffer to the rare fen and keep invasive plant species from encroaching into the protected area.

To help keep the area native, the township wants to install a 140-foot fence around a small area of Braewood Park so that people won’t enter the nature preserve through the park, and instead use one of the four designated entrance areas. The township would maintain the fenced-off portion of Braewood Park as a native space as part of the nature preserve property, under the agreement.

In other business, it may become more expensive for residents who don’t pay their water and sewer bills.

The Village Board is considering increases to administrative disconnection fees for water and sewer services.

When residents reach $100 in overdue bills, their water and sewer service can be shut off. If the bill remains unpaid past a deadline, then the village can disconnect the water and sewer service and add an administrative fee.

The village is proposing raising that fee to $65 from $40.

There is also a fee if service is reconnected after non-normal working hours. The village is recommending that fee increase to $70 from $60.

The increases take into account the village’s expenses, which increase annually, according to a memo written by Finance Director John Walde.

Assistant to the Village Manager Mike Kumbera said the village has five to 25 disconnections a month.

The Village Board on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on both matters.

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