Cary prepares capital improvement plan

FILE - Plastic containers, which are placed one foot off of the floor, are filled with 
water at 65 Sunset Drive in Cary on June 26, 2013.
FILE - Plastic containers, which are placed one foot off of the floor, are filled with water at 65 Sunset Drive in Cary on June 26, 2013.

CARY – Storm drainage improvements at the intersection of Sunset and Crest drives are expected to cost about $1.1 million, according to the village’s proposed capital improvement plan.

With the high price tag, the village has applied for a federal hazard mitigation grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If ultimately approved, the village’s share of the Sunset and Crest improvements could be reduced to $269,000.

Improvements at Sunset and Crest include buying private properties in the area, which does not have adequate stormwater detention, according to the proposed capital improvement plan.

The village is looking to carry out a project in that area to alleviate flooding, especially during major storms.
The capital improvement plan is being put together as the village prepares its budget for fiscal 2014-15.

If the village isn’t awarded federal money for the Sunset and Crest project, then a decision may need to be made on whether to hold off other projects to fix the drainage issues.

“If it falls through, we’ll have to make some choices,” Village Administrator Chris Clark said. “We want to make sure what we do makes a significant impact for these residents.”

Clark said there are competing needs in the municipality.

“We know what needs to be done, we just have to get the money to do it,” Trustee Bob Bragg said.

The Sunset and Crest improvements are listed in the 2014 plan, along with improvements of about $1 million in roadway work, $1 million in water main work and $323,000 in ash tree removals, among other things.

Clark said village staff is working on a facilities plan that would include a possible roof replacement at Village Hall.

Trustee Bruce Kaplan said the alternative might be not performing road improvements for one year.

“You have the same amount of dollars dedicated to fixing the roads as you do to fixing the Sunset and Crest problem,” Kaplan said.

Clark said the village’s overall road conditions are in good condition, mainly because the municipality issued Build America Bonds in 2009 to carry out three years of road improvements.

“Some communities do take a year off for various reasons,” Clark said.

The village is proposing to remove 1,000 ash trees next year, which would eliminate all of the ash trees in the town’s parkways to prevent the emerald ash borer from spreading.

The village has tree-removal rates frozen with a tree-removal company for the upcoming year, Public Works Director Cris Papierniak said.

Other work includes performing maintenance on the village’s water tower along Cary-Algonquin Road. The work includes stripping and repainting the interior and exterior of the tank, among other things. The project is estimated to cost $450,000.

Village officials also proposed spending $33,000 to have the infrastructure management system conduct a survey of the condition of its roads.

The capital plan also calls for the realignment of Jandus Cutoff at $1.6 million. That project is being funded with a $450,000 state grant through the state’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program and $710,400 of federal money. The village also is applying for an additional $280,900 from the McHenry County Council of Mayors.

Village officials are also planning about $1 million worth of road work for 2015 and another $1 million in 2016.

Village staff members are preparing to spend an additional $800,000, spread over 2015 and 2016, for a possible wastewater treatment plant update, according to the proposed plan.

Proposed road improvements


• Second Street from Weaver Drive to Sunset Drive

• Weaver Drive from Second Street to Montana Drive

• Davis Lane from Weaver Drive to Pearl Street

• Pearl Street from Second Street to Montana Drive

• Bell Drive from Second Street to Montana Drive

• Carl Sands Drive from Hillhurst Drive to Decker Drive

• Wooded Knoll Drive from Moraine Hill Drive to Decker Drive

• English Oaks Drive from Woodbridge Drive to South Fox Trails Drive

• Wulff Street from Main Street to Krenz Avenue

• School Street from Norman Drive to Krenz Avenue


• Borden Avenue from Route 14 to Park Avenue

• Park Avenue from Silver Lake Road to Short Street

• Forest Avenue from Oak Valley Drive to Bright Oaks Circle

• Crabtree Lane from Tanglewood Drive to White Pine Drive

• Wildrose Drive from Bristol Way to Tanglewood Drive

• Jefferson Lane from Main Street to Hampton Street


• Bright Oaks Circle from Three Oaks Road to the end

• Adare Drive from Silver Lake Road to the end

• Wexford Court from Adare Drive to the end

• Castlerea Court from Adare Drive to the end

• Rosslare Court from Adare Drive to the end

• Blazing Star Trail from Connestoga Trail to Ash Fork Trail

• Ash Fork Trail from Cimarron Drive to Blazing Star Trail

• Saddle Ridge Trail from Hampton Street to Sierra Trail

• Sierra Trail from Saddle Ridge Trail to Cimarron Drive

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