Algonquin plans capital projects for next fiscal year

ALGONQUIN – A new place for police officers to conduct firearms training is among the capital projects the village has planned for the upcoming fiscal year.

The village is planning about $12.8 million worth of capital projects and design work for its fiscal 2014-15 budget, which begins May 1.

Among the projects is a plan to build a gun range for the police department on Meyer Drive, north of the Public Works garage.

An area that had rough grading work done as part of the Western Bypass project will serve as a firing range for the Algonquin Police Department, said assistant to the village manager Mike Kumbera.

Currently, the Algonquin police department does firearms training at the Barrington facility.

The firing range is a byproduct of the bypass, which is still under construction, Kumbera said.

The village was able to take a steep grade and make it useful, Kumbera said.

Village officials hope to have other nearby police departments to do their firearms training there as well.

“It makes sense to have multiple partners,” Kumbera said. “Neighboring communities try to help each other out and not travel far to get training.”

The village also has plans for road work.

Road resurfacing work in the Copper Oaks subdivision is planned, Kumbera said.

Bunker Hill Drive is slated to be resurfaced, and paving work is planned for Shagbark Lane, Sandpebble Circle, Candlewood Court, Sawmill Lane, Dawson Lane and Millcreek Lane.

Work in the Indian Grove Subdivision is set to include the replacement of the sanitary sewer pipe and the replacement of the 30-year-old cast iron water main on Oceola Drive. Street improvements also are slated for the subdivision.

“Infrastructure deterioration continues at a constant pace, regardless of revenues or economic conditions,” Village Manager Tim Schloneger wrote in a staff memo. “Continued investment in village infrastructure is critical to avoid major structural failures in our road and drainage network in the near future.”

Roadway and sewer work on the south end of the Highlands Subdivision, restoration work in Souwanas Creek and sidewalk work along South Main Street also are planned.

Village officials have plans to finish work on restoring the Ratt Creek Tributary and begin work on the Lawndale Park Creek restoration.

The village also plans to repair a sea wall in the Fox River close to the Center Street and Willow Street intersection. The sea wall was damaged in last spring’s floods, and the project is being paid for by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Design work for the Randall Road pedestrian bridge also is planned for the upcoming fiscal year. A federal grant is being used to pay for most of the project.

The bridge is slated to be in the vicinity of Huntington Drive and Bunker Hill Drive, near H.D. Jacobs High School.

In the parks department, the village plans to replace the basketball court/ice rink at Snapper Field. The basketball court at Snapper Field serves as one of the village’s three ice rinks.

The area has curbs that traditionally aren’t needed for a basketball court.

“It’s a modest additional expense, but you can have year-round utilization,” Kumbera said.

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