Shutdown freezes $2M in federal funds for Glenwood

2013-10-02T12:27:00Z 2013-10-11T21:47:06Z Shutdown freezes $2M in federal funds for GlenwoodPaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 02, 2013 12:27 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | The federal government has awarded Glenwood $2 million for infrastructure work to expand its industrial park, but with the government shutdown, officials don't know when they'll receive the money.

"We haven't received the money and with the sequester we probably won't get it for a while, but it has been awarded," Village President Kerry Durkin said.

Durkin said the funds will be used in part to create a detention pond on the 33 acres the village purchased from NICOR in 2010 for about $1 million.

He said other projects could include work on a water main, roads, sewer and pavement in the industrial park.

"It pays for the paving of 14 acres," Durkin said.

Village Administrator Donna Gayden said the work to be done in the industrial park is a $4 million project.

Durkin said that means the village will have to spend $4 million to receive the $2 million from the federal government.

A more fully developed industrial park is expected to create additional employment opportunities in the village.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, both D-Ill., announced the award last week. The Economic Development District Planning funding is from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

In other village news:

* The Village Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of a police vehicle at a cost not to exceed $40,000.

With Trustee Carmen Hopkins absent, Durkin had to cast a vote to approve the purchase by a 4-2 vote.

Trustees Ron Gardiner and Rich Nielsen voted no regarding the purchase.

Gardiner said he wanted to view a specific plan for the replacement of vehicles in the Police Department before approving a new purchase.

* The Village Board also approved the purchase of oak and cypress trees in an amount not to exceed $60,000.

Durkin said the trees would replace dead ash trees at the village-owned Glenwoodie Golf Course and at other spots throughout the village.

* Village Attorney John Donahue was directed by the Village Board to prepare redevelopment agreements with Landauer Inc. and with the Glenwood Oaks restaurant.

The agreement with Landauer, a radiation dosimetry provider, would provide the company with tax increment financing funds in an amount not to exceed $500,000 to be used for building rehabilitation or repairs.

Durkin said the agreement with Glenwood Oaks would provide an amount not to exceed $300,000 for parking lot improvements.

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