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Minooka trustees update sexual harassment policy, allow 300-day window to report incidents

Minooka on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Minooka on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Minooka trustees approved an update to the village’s sexual harassment policy during Tuesday night’s board meeting.

The state of Illinois required changes to the policy, and the village enacted the changes as well, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said. The change deals with the “whistle blower” paragraph and now allows a 300-day window, up from 180 days, for allegations to be reported. The rest of the policy remained the same.

McLindon Road scheduled to open

The board approved a payment to P.T. Ferro in the amount of $103,179 for McLindon Road improvements. Trustee Barry Thompson said McLindon Road will be ready to open by this Friday, as scheduled.

The roadway has been closed since late July at Twin Rails Drive between the northern and southern railroad tracks. Traffic was rerouted via Ridge Road. Traffic now will be allowed to exit west through Twin Rails.

Tree replacement

An $8,000 matching grant from the Morton Arboretum will help with replacing trees throughout the village. The 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program will allow Minooka to take a tree inventory and provides guidelines on how to obtain future grant money, Duffy said.

The biggest benefit, Duffy said, is that after the inventory is complete it will make the village eligible for additional money from the Arboretum. Over 900 trees in the village had to be taken down. This year alone, 100 were removed and 306 trees were bought for the tree replacement program at a cost of $59,976.

“It’s a large amount of money for the village each year,” Duffy said. “The Morton Arboretum is a great partner for diversifying our tree population.”

Street and Bridge Levy approved

A 0.04 percent increase in the Street and Bridge levy was approved, placing the total levy at 0.1 percent for fiscal 2019. The levy will allow the village to pay off 2012 bonds borrowed for road repairs on Twin Rails Industrial Drive.

Excess property to be donated

Trustees also approved the disposal of excess property for the village and the Minooka police department. The village’s list included more than 25 computers, monitors and printers that were obsolete, wiped clean and will be disposed of properly.

The police department surplus list included 17 bicycles that were abandoned, lost or stolen and never reclaimed. The bicycles will be donated to a man in Mokena who refurbishes them and provides them to children in need.

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