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Improvements, equipment purchases get OK in Johnsburg

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:00 p.m. CDT

JOHNSBURG – Security cameras, parking lot improvements and streetscaping along Johnsburg Road are some of expenditures the village of Johnsburg has lined up.

A recently approved budget estimates the village will have just shy of $6 million worth of expenses, about $110,000 more than was budgeted for last fiscal year.

Most of that – about $4.72 million – will come out of the village’s general fund, which is used to pay salaries, administrative costs and for other day-to-day business. The village has separate funds for capital projects, road improvements, and the water and sewer departments.

The slight increase in expenses will be paid for in part by an expected 12 percent increase in police fines and additional increases in building and development-related fees as a result of activity resuming in the Running Brook Farms subdivision.

The amount Johnsburg collected in fines was up last year and is expected to climb again because more cases are being handled by the village’s administrative adjudication process, which allows the village to keep a larger portion of the fine than if the case had been handled by the county, Village Administrator Claudett Peters said.

The police department makes up the largest portion of the budget’s general fund expenditures. The $1.52 million the village expects to spend on public safety makes up nearly a third of general fund expenses.

The police department plans to buy some mobile computer replacements, a speed radar unit, IT cloud enhancements and communication equipment. The budget also reflects the addition of two new officers last fiscal year.

An accountant position also went to full-time from part-time, and a part-time seasonal public works employee became full-time.

The parks and building department also has some projects on the horizon, Peters said.

About $11,000 is set aside for maintenance on Johnsburg’s boat launch, Peters said. Another $14,000 is planned for security cameras at the Village Hall and Sunnyside Park, though some of the Village Hall cameras will be paid for using a grant.

The parking lots at Sunnyside Park and at the public works facility are also set to be repaved, she said.

One of the larger projects is the streetscape enhancements planned as part of the Johnsburg Road improvement project. About 80 percent of the cost will be covered by a grant, but the village has to cover the remaining $211,000.

The village has been setting aside dollars for the project for the past three years, Peters said.

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