Highland weighs candidates for infrastructure work

2013-04-14T20:15:00Z 2013-04-14T21:01:12Z Highland weighs candidates for infrastructure workCharles F. Haber Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 14, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

HIGHLAND | The Town Council is trying to decide what infrastructure project to tackle through a Community Development Block Grant allocation.

The grant program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, awards funding to towns for road improvements in financially disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Typically, 51 percent of an affected neighborhood must have low- to moderate-income residents.

"The town is thinking about Sycamore Street" as the 2013 block grant project, Public Works Director John Bach said.

If this street, which runs through the Wicker Park Manor subdivision, is chosen, the project would involve some tree removal, repairs to curbs and sidewalks and a new road surface, Bach said.

This year's award, which differs from year to year, is $102,130.

In other business, the council approved a beer garden for the town's annual Midwest Zest Fest.

The vote was divided at 3-2.

Favoring the beer tent were Councilman Mark Herak, I-2nd; council President Brian Novak, D-4th; and council Vice President Bernie Zemen, D-1st.

Voting against were Konnie Kuiper, D-2nd, and Dan Vassar, D-3rd.

The board also named Dawn Diamantopoulos to join the Main Street Organization.

Redevelopment Director Cecile Petro said Diamantopoulos has been working with the group as the art curator for the pop-up galleries.

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