State to help Crete with local road safety, repair projects

2014-04-19T00:00:00Z State to help Crete with local road safety, repair projectsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
April 19, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CRETE | The Village Board recently approved a resolution to receive about $250,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds to help pay the cost of maintaining local streets.

Trustees also approved another resolution that earmarks some $21,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds for the resurfacing and striping of State Street from Steger Road to just south of Berk Lane.

Village President Michael Einhorn said it is the annual agreement the Illinois Department of Transportation requires the village to approve in order to receive Motor Fuel Tax funds.

Those funds are paid out monthly and are a share of tax funds coming from gasoline sales across Illinois. Money is distributed to communities based on population, and Einhorn said the village typically gets in excess of $200,000 annually.

For the State Street project, work is likely to be done during the summer. State Transportation Department officials have yet to award a contract for the repair work.

In other business, the Village Board approved a resolution for Crete to accept planning staff assistance services from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. The agency will provide the village a consultant to help them implement the GOTO2040 plan the agency has created to guide the development of the entire Chicago area for the next three decades.

Also, Einhorn told trustees he is continuing to study the possibility of turning railroad intersections in Crete into “quiet zones” to reduce the amount of noise from passing freight trains.

Einhorn said the Village Board ultimately will have to decide this spring whether they want to spend money on such a project. He said final figures have yet to be determined, but it could cost about $50,000.

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