GLENWOOD | The Glenwood Village Board on Tuesday approved funding to create an emergency water main cross connection with the village of Homewood
The funding, not to exceed $400,000 will come from tax increment funds.
Village President Kerry Durkin said the water main on the south side of Interstate 80 that carries water from Hammond is leaking and will be repaired at the end of the month.
"The pipe leaked last year because of the increased traffic from the expansion of I-80," Durkin said. "(It) was repaired last year and is leaking again," he said.
"It's a 10-day shutdown," Durkin said. "That is significant to lose your access to Lake Michigan for 10 days, considering we have about 6 million gallons of above-ground storage with a 1 million gallon-a-day use."
Glenwood and Chicago Heights share a water line from which they both receive water from Hammond. Glenwood pays Chicago Heights for its water, and Chicago Heights pays Hammond.
Trustee Paul Styles asked during Tuesday's Village Board meeting if Chicago Heights has asked Glenwood to contribute to the repair of the Hammond line.
Durkin said Chicago Heights has not made that request, and that Chicago Heights considers itself the sole owner of the water line.
"Our belief is we're an equity partner, their belief is we're a customer," Durkin said.
Glenwood's plan is to construct a 24-inch pipe to connect with Homewood's water line near the intersection of Halsted Street and Holbrook Road.
"Homewood gets its water from Harvey, which gets it from Chicago," Durkin said.
Durkin said Glenwood already has two, 6-inch cross connections with Homewood but that those would not provide a sufficient amount of water.
He said installing the larger pipe would protect Glenwood residents in case anything goes wrong with the repair of the Hammond water line.
Durkin said Lansing will provide water to the line from Hammond while the leaking portion is being fixed, but that it can't provide 100 percent of the water Glenwood needs.
In other village news, the board is expected to vote June 18 whether to approve a redevelopment agreement with the Wendy's restaurant at 18257 S. Halsted St.
The village's Economic Development Committee has recommended the Village Board grant the restaurant a 50 percent reimbursement on tax increment financing-eligible expenses, not to exceed $300,000.
The intent is to allow Wendy's to renovate its building to provide a more contemporary look.
Store owner Mike Allegro said he believes an improved store would increase sales, resulting in more sales tax revenue for the city and allowing him to hire more employees.
"I think that the citizens of Glenwood deserve to have an updated Wendy's," Allegro said.