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Aux Sable Springs Park highlights 2020 Minooka budget

Park to be partially funded through $400K IDNR grant

Minooka Village President Pat Brennan swears in Shallyn Pera Tuesday night as one of Minooka's two newest police officers. Jamie Picha was also sworn in. The village board approved a $16 million 2020 budget at the meeting.
Minooka Village President Pat Brennan swears in Shallyn Pera Tuesday night as one of Minooka's two newest police officers. Jamie Picha was also sworn in. The village board approved a $16 million 2020 budget at the meeting.

MINOOKA – Two big projects are on tap in the 2020 Village of Minooka budget. First is the village’s new
$1.8 million parks project, the Aux Sable Springs Park.

The proposed 120-acre park will be north of the village along the Aux Sable Creek. The project will be partially funded by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant for $400,000 that the village will match.

The remaining $1 million will come from village reserves that have been set aside for this type of project, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said.

At first, 2019 will be spent on engineering, assembling bid packets and bidding, Duffy said, with work beginning in 2020.

“If we have an easy 2019 winter, it could begin earlier,” he said.

The finished park will be a forest and creek preserve, as well as a recreation site for the public.

The second large project is a new sludge press for the village’s wastewater treatment plant. Duffy said the current press needs to be replaced and the new one will be double the size to keep up with the growth in the village over the past 20 years.

Duffy said the press is estimated to cost about $800,000. The budget for fiscal 2020 is about $16 million, Duffy said, and is a balanced budget.

Other items in the budget include the purchase of two new squad cars, a $300,000 motor fuel tax road maintenance program and utility relocation connected to the impending Ridge Road widening project.

Tree inventory

The village approved a resolution awarding Graf Tree Service of Batavia a contract for a village tree inventory. Half of the $16,245 cost will be paid with a grant from the Morton Arboretum. The grant also allows the village to apply for about $30,000 in trees granted by the arboretum each year.

“It will pay for a lot of tree replacement,” Duffy said.

Other business

Mayor Pat Brennan swore in two new police officers, Shallyn Pera and Jamie Picha. Duffy said the village now has six female police officers out of the 22 officers on staff.

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