CRETE | The Village Board approved an appropriations ordinance Monday that dictates how municipal government will spend some $14.5 million for the current fiscal year.
That total includes a Crete general fund of $4.25 million for daily government expenses, along with another $2.32 million for the Police Department and $945,700 for the Fire Department.
Among other areas included in the ordinance is $687,100 to cover the cost of trash collection, and some $30,500 to pay for crossing guards near schools in the village.
Approval was given without discussion, although trustees conducted a public hearing last month — when they reviewed last-minute changes to ensure that sufficient funds were put aside to cover the cost of health benefits for village workers.
The village’s fiscal year began May 1, although under state law, municipalities have until July 31 to approve appropriations ordinances.
In other business, the Village Board approved a land transaction involving 50 square feet west of Hartmann Drive and south of Burville Road.
The plot, near one of the village’s water wells, is being turned over to Convergence Technologies, Inc. – which wants to use the site to construct a cellular tower for a Chicago-to-Indianapolis link that would help provide broadband services nationwide.
Also on Monday, Village President Michael Einhorn said he expects the board to soon approve a deal involving village engineering firm Tech III hiring the HR Green consulting firm to study the village’s water supply.
Einhorn has said he wants the study to determine what improvements need to be made to ensure Crete has a supply of fresh drinking water, and he says he does not want the contract to have to be bid because he wants the study to begin soon.
On Monday, Einhorn said he expects a study to be underway within 30 days, although he could not say how long it would take to complete. The Village Board could give its approval when it meets July 22.
Trustee Daniel Taylor said residents he has spoken to are all encouraging when it comes to this study, and to making water quality improvements.
“The people’s thoughts about this are all positive,” Taylor said. “They’re glad that we’re moving forward.”