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Cary adopts $21.2 million budget

CARY – The village's capital improvement program for the upcoming fiscal year will move forward as the Village Board this week approved its $21.2 million 2014-15 budget.

Included in the budget is the Jandus Cutoff realignment. Construction is expected to cost $1.5 million,  Village Administrator Chris Clark said.

An additional estimated $200,000 is being spent for the project engineering, Clark said.

About 90 percent of the project costs is being paid for with state and federal dollars, according to village documents.

Alliance Contractors out of Woodstock won the Illinois Department of Transportation bid, however, the final contract still needs to be approved in Springfield, Clark said.

Clark said he expects construction on that project to begin in May or June, with substantial completion of the project by the end of this upcoming construction season.

There will be some restoration work next year, Clark said.

Among the other capital projects planned are $1 million in water main improvements on Pearl Street and Weaver Drive and about $1 million in neighborhood road improvements in town.

Also, because of the harsh winter, the village has set aside an additional $100,000 to help with repairing accelerated road deterioration.

There also is money set aside for a local match in case the village is the recipient for a federal hazard mitigation grant to help fix flooding issues at Sunset and Crest.

As for pay increases, employees in the police department and public works department who are covered by union contracts are set to receive salary raises of 2.25 percent.

The village also is planning for up to a 4 percent increases for non-union employees. Those increases will be based on merit, according to a village memo.

Among the other expenses the village is planning are: $60,000 for a re-write of the village zoning ordinance, $50,000 for corridor planning services after the village's comprehensive plan is complete, $75,000 to implement the comprehensive plan, and $50,000 for meeting web streaming and agenda management software.

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