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Lower tap on fees could attract restaurants

The village board Tuesday night unanimously approved an ordinance drastically reducing the cost of tap on fees for restaurants moving into Minooka.

Tap on fees for water and sewer connections, depending on the size and capacity of the facility, previously could have cost upwards of $30,000.

With the new ordinance in place, costs could be reduced to $6,000 to $14,000, said village administrator Dan Duffy.

The amended ordinance brings the tap on fees more in line with surrounding communities, he said.

“(The fees) could have been three times as much in the past,” Duffy said. “This makes it more economically feasible for restaurants to come in.”

Project awarded to help with flooding issues

Low bidder Austin Tyler Construction was awarded the drainage improvement project in Chestnut Ridge subdivision, at a cost of $93,590.

The project will help alleviate flooding problems residents have experienced during heavy rains over the last couple years, said Duffy.

Trustee Barry Thompson said the village was fortunate to have the adjacent farmland owner to the west working closely with them to alleviate the problem.

The landowner, who was not identified, has been helping to stop erosion and trash that washes into the road, Duffy said.

The project is the first step in alleviating the problem, Duffy added.

Brine Maker purchase

A $29,714 brine maker purchase will help the village save money on road salt in the long run. Trustees approved the purchase from the National Joint Powers Alliance.

The brine maker will pre-wet salt to be used on roads to help alleviate icy conditions during bad weather and will help public works to conserve on the amount of sale used over the winter, Thompson said.

Drainage ordinance puts responsibility on businesses

Changes in an ordinance covering maintenance of stormwater drainage systems puts the responsibility of repair and management of retention ponds on developers, commercial and industrial business land owners.

The ordinance requires the owners of the retention ponds, used for stormwater drainage, to adhere to certain annual maintenance requirements by making them part of the plotting process during construction planning.

If the property is sold or turned over to another owner, it will continue to be a part of the original agreement with the village, said Duffy.

“In the past private owners have not kept them up,” Duffy said. “This move will hopefully alleviate that lack of maintenance.”

Financial review positive

Brian Zable, owner of Zable & Associates, gave Minooka’s financial review for fiscal year 2017 a positive report.

The auditors opinion was a “clean” opinion, said Zable, meaning there were no misappropriations or no concerns of the village.

“We have a good report to give here,” Zable said. “A continuation of your good approach to strong fiscal reigns on where things are at on the village level.”

Highlights of the report showed the village’s net position increased by $1,036,000; the net pension liability went from $4,016,000 down to $3,460,000, an increase of over $500,000 largely in the police pension account; Cash and investments increased by over $400,000; and the village was able to refinance some bonds at lower rates.

Monthly meeting time to change

The village’s monthly meetings, typically held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, will change from 7 p.m. start time to 6:30 p.m. as of the November meeting.

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