South Holland gets significant federal funding for street resurfacing projects

2013-07-22T00:00:00Z South Holland gets significant federal funding for street resurfacing projectsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
July 22, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board gave its approval to moving forward with a trio of street resurfacing projects that are 80 percent funded by the federal government.

At stake is the resurfacing of Cottage Grove Avenue from 162nd to 154th streets, along with Vincennes Avenue from 162nd Street to Old Vincennes Road, and 154th Street from Ninth Avenue to State Street.

The Village Board on Monday took two 5-0 votes in favor of the resurfacing projects.

Village Engineer Patricia Barker said the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association was able to obtain a federal grant that will be divided among  various communities.

South Holland’s share of that grant is about $1.24 million, which will cover 80 percent of the cost, with local officials expected to come up with the rest of the funds. Although in some cases, the resurfacing projects extend into surrounding municipalities, meaning those communities will contribute a share of the 20 percent local match in funds.

For the Cottage Grove Avenue project, the $150,000 local match will be split with Dolton, while with the Vincennes Avenue project, both Harvey and Phoenix will pay a share of the $51,200 local match.

But South Holland will be entirely responsible for the $55,000 local match for the 154th Street resurfacing project, Barker said.

In other business, village trustees heard from residents who live near Veterans Park, 500 E. 160th Place, who had complaints of what they described as a "riot" near their homes on July 4 for Independence Day fireworks displays.

Police Chief Gregory Baker said some arrests were made that night after some people behaved unruly when leaving the park, but he said officers were able to contain the incident.

Also on Monday, Village Trustee Cynthia Doorn said she was anxious to see the opening of two new businesses in South Holland early next week.

A Panera Bread sandwich franchise is scheduled to open Monday, while an Extreme Clean Car Wash is set to open later in the week, she said. Both businesses are to be located on 162nd Street.

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