by Dennis Sullivan
Jan. 31, 2014
Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn is asking local Illinois and Indiana officials to support his request for a $180,000 grant to study development of a local roadway linking Monee and Crown Point, Ind.
Einhorn envisions building a seven-mile link between Crete-Monee Road’s current east end and the current west end of Indiana Route 231.
In his Safe Planning Research Grant proposal, Einhorn says the Illinois side of the study area would encompass a six-mile-wide swath between Exchange Street and Goodenow Road.
The Crete mayor’s proposal notes local stakeholders on both sides of the border “have increasingly identified the need for improved connections between Illinois and Indiana in order to reduce congestion, improve safety, enhance quality of life and facilitate economic development.”
Einhorn originally championed an Illiana Expressway as a solution to “local traffic issues.”
But Einhorn’s enthusiasm ebbed as that idea evolved into a proposal for a toll way, approximately 10 miles south of Crete-Monee Road.
“It has been confirmed through the (Environmental Impact Statement) I Process that there will be no significant benefit to the most populated area north of the proposed alignment,” he said in his letter to other governmental leaders.
The Safe Planning Research Grant is a federal grant administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation.Einhorn hopes Will and Lake counties, as well as Monee and Indiana governments are willing to share in the required $36,000 local match.
He told trustees at Monday’s Crete village board meeting the grant is only for developing a conceptual plan.
It’s important to act now,” he said, before the land is developed “and it becomes too costly to build on.”
Village hopes to end Cop-union stand-off
— just in time for new contract negotiations
The union representing Crete patrol officers has “tentatively accepted” the village’s “one last ditch effort” to avoid arbitration, according to Trustee Mark Wiater, who told elected officials and department heads, “It’s up to the lawyers. If they vote for it, we avoid the cost of arbitration.”
Einhorn said the contract under negotiation with the Metropolitan Alliance of Police ends April 30 — “not only for them, but for the sergeants” who are represented by the Fraternal Order of Police.
The village is also set to begin negotiating with dispatchers for Eastcom, the emergency response system.
In other business:
* Karen Tellef, one of the more-than two dozen Crete Country Christmas organizers, reported that nearly $700 from 5K entry fees were donated to the Crete Pantry,
* Public Works Supt. Phil Hameister said employees picked up 307 hours of overtime in January — 98 of the hours during the Jan. 24-26 weekend,
* HR Green, with the permission of village officials, postponed its presentation on suggested improvements to the village’s water supply until the first meeting in February because of the snow and bitter cold,
Attorney pay increase
Village trustees at the Jan. 13 meeting voted to increase the village attorney’s base pay to $190 an hour — an increase of $15.
Original material copyright 2014 Eastern Will County News; all rights reserved.
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