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Channahon village president urges residents to give back

Tax levy likely would result in rates similar to this past year’s, finance director tells trustees at public hearing

Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

Channahon residents are encouraged to donate to local nonprofit organizations Tuesday as part of Giving Tuesday, Village President Missey Moorman Schumacher said at Monday’s Village Board meeting.

Although people might donate to charities any day of the year, Giving Tuesday is a time set aside to remind residents there are people and causes worth considering at this time of plenty in many households, Schumacher said.

One nonprofit Schumacher recommended is the People for Channahon Parks Foundation, which is raising money to build Arroyo Trails Nature Park. About $1 million already has been donated to the foundation, according to its website, and about as much is needed to proceed.

The park, which the Channahon Park District will manage, is planned to feature several nature-based educational programs for adults and children throughout the year, including camps, Scout programs, interpretive signage and special programs.

Also announced at the meeting was a date for the Channaholiday Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Held in conjunction with the Three Rivers Public Library District, the event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Channahon Village Hall.

It will include a visit from Santa Claus and carolers, hot chocolate and cookies, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Also Monday, the village held a public hearing on the 2018 tax levy. With a projected equalized assessed value of area property of $351.3 million, Channahon finance director Heather Wagonblott told trustees that the projected values would be an increase of about 8.05 percent over the 2017 EAV.

Wagonblott said she will propose to levy $2.6 million, which would result in a tax rate almost exactly the same as this year’s.

Wagonblott reiterated this rate is only for the village’s portion of property taxes and does not include other taxing bodies, such as schools, parks or counties.

Also at the meeting, village trustees approved three contracts for staff union employees, all with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150. The contracts were for the village’s administrative department, police sergeants and public works employees.

Staff in each category will receive raises of 3 percent retroactive to
May 1; 2.75 percent raises on May 1, 2019; and 2.5 percent raises on May 1, 2020, Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said.

Durkin said the collective bargaining agreement for police officers still is under negotiation.

Trustees also approved a special use permit amendment and preliminary plat for the Ravine Woods Unit 3 development, despite some protest from homeowners in the developed section of the subdivision.

Construction vehicles will have to come in and out of the established neighborhood to build the new homes, and residents asked the village to help keep the traffic, noise and debris to a minimum during the process.

Temporary bridges and stub streets that would bypass West Ravine Woods Drive are not feasible, Channahon community development director Mike Petrick said.

One resident of the subdivision asked whether the village could ask truck drivers to drive equal amounts on West Ravine Woods Drive and on the other half of the neighborhood’s loop, which involves West Sylvan Meadow Drive and West Silver Stream Drive, to split the load of the truck traffic.

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