promises school sidewalk
By Kathie Godfrey
LOWELL - The Town Council promised residents last week that children
walking to Lowell Middle School, Oak Hill Elementary School, and St.
Edward's School will have at least one new sidewalk on Idlewild Place in
time for school this fall.
Armed with $275,000 in Lake County gambling revenues
and preliminary estimates provided by contract engineer Peter Kohut of
Butler, Fairman and Seufert, the council finalized its short list of
candidates for a complete "curb-to-curb" makeover that will
include new sewer and water lines, concrete curbs and gutters and
asphalt road paving.
For the second time Mary Stinnett of 231 Idlewild Pl.
asked council members if the planned renovation of Idlewild Place from
Nichols Street to the Lowell Middle School would include sidewalks for
students traveling to school.
"There are three schools within one block of
each other," she said.
Councilman Ray Talarek, R-1st, said the Idlewild
project should have top priority since "it involves the safety of
Councilwoman Karen Brooker, R-2nd, and Council President Bob Hatch,
R-3rd, agreed, and added that Harrison Drive from Prairie Street to
Azalea Lane should also be completely renovated.
Kohut said it would be easiest to place a sidewalk on
the south side of Idlewild, but when Talarek and Hatch expressed their
preference for a sidewalk on both sides of the street, he estimated that
a second sidewalk would add approximately $7,000 to the project.
But Councilman Larry Just, R-4th, disputed the need
for a second sidewalk on Idlewild and said the many other pending paving
projects in town should be done first.
Stinnett said she thought two sidewalks would be
better for children who will be crossing the street to reach the south
sidewalk against Nichols Street traffic, but expressed relief at the
council's assurance that at least one sidewalk would be installed on her
street before fall classes begin.
Director of Administration Rick Dal Corobbo said a
final decision on the second sidewalk would be made after June 11 bids
In other business, Brookwood developer Neal Wingate
agreed to donate $304 to the town's animal shelter fund in lieu of
payment for water and sewer charges in the same amount for a clean-up
done by town employees, but said the "town needs to review its
policy" on such matters.
"The homeowner was not told he would be
billed," he said.
Wingate's son Andrew said he responded to a call to
clear the earth blocking a resident's moving van from their new home's
driveway with a shovel and broom during flooding last June.
Just said he "didn't have a lot of
sympathy" for Wingate's situation.
"The town shouldn't have had to make a phone
call," Just said. "It isn't the town's problem. The bill is
Asked why the veritable mudslide had blocked the
driveway, Wingate said the straw residents had used to mulch new lawns
had plugged the storm drains during the "100-year rain."
In another matter, the council agreed to make its
final payment to Bowen Engineering for the Phase I sewer rehabilitation
project that has increased the wastewater treatment plant's daily
capacity from 2.5 million gallons per day to 4 million gallons per day.
The $555,755 payment on the $2.5 million project included a change order
in the amount of $39,483 for 41 extra days of construction due to
adverse weather conditions.
dead, residents pleased
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
By Andrew Steele
Star Managing Editor
CROWN POINT - Monday's City Council meeting turned out to be
anticlimactic for residents who came to oppose construction of townhomes
on approximately seven acres north of Timothy Ball Elementary School.
Early this year, Hawk Development Corp. had submitted
a plan to build the multi-family housing adjacent to its Whitehawk
subdivision. That would have required rezoning the land from an R-1 to
an R-3 classification.
But opposition to the plan led Hawk to back away from
it, leaving the City Council simply to reject the rezoning request.
"If we don't take action within a certain time
it's automatically approved," Mayor James Metros explained.
"This is just kind of housekeeping."
So the council voted unanimously to deny the
petition. The action led to applause from the 10 nearby residents in
City Planning Director Curt Graves said Hawk has
already filed for building permits to put maintenance buildings to
service the Whitehawk golf course on the property.
That led Gary Scearce of 1131 Pratt St. to ask how
Hawk will access the buildings. He said a road along Beaver Dam Ditch
would act as a dam and cause drainage problems in his neighborhood,
located southeast of the Hawk property.
Graves said Hawk plans to use 104th Place, in the
Willowdale subdivision to access the new buildings.