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Village of Shorewood approves two construction projects

SHOREWOOD – Due to inclement weather, the village of Shorewood trustees canceled its original meeting on Feb. 28 and rescheduled for March 3.

Two construction projects within the village were approved unanimously on Friday, one being a intergovernmental agreement between the city of Joliet, the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Village of Shorewood for a bike path over Interstate 55 and the DuPage River, which would connect Joliet bike trails into Shorewood bike trails.

Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman said the plans had already been approved by Will County, but needed the village approval and agreement to not stand in the way of the construction project that will be funded from county grants from the state of Illinois.

The trustees also approved a bid from Wilkinson Excavating for Wynstone Park in the amount of $610,234, which allows the construction of the park to proceed. The park, located near Wynstone and Mound Roads, has been slated to open in the fall of 2018.

Chapman said the village received a $690,000 grant from the state’s open state grants for the construction of the park.

“This park serves the southern part of the village that has been underserved,” Chapman said.

The village hall and police department will soon have upgrades to its security due to an approval of the installation of updated electronic access control to public areas in the village hall. The proposal of $73,858 went to Esscoe Engineered Systems.

“The electronic access to the building and certain areas are 10 years old and the police station areas are older. We looked the situation over and because the way the world is today, we needed more secure access points in public areas of the building,” Chapman said.

In the Committee of the Whole meeting, Chapman brought a proposal to allow the current impact fee rates to remain the same to keep building and homebuyers interested in the Shorewood market.

Chapman said the impact fees were once near $4,000 for a 2,000 square foot, three-bedroom home, but four years ago, he proposed to get that number down to $1,400 for the same type of home, which he felt brought in developers as well as young families to the area because of the lower impact fee rates.

The impact fee, explained by Chapman was a calculation of impact put on the community due to the infrastructure required to be built because of a home being built.

Chapman said he expects this proposal to be on the agenda for a first read at the next village meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. March 14.

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