Village targeting worst Crete sidewalks

Larry Johnston

Larry Johnston

by Dennis Sullivan
May 13, 2014

Crete officials have agreed to reactivate the village sidewalk maintenance program, setting aside $25,000 for concrete replacement. Trustees Monday unanimously approved the program, which had been suspended for financial reasons.

Trustee Larry Johnston is compiling a list of the village’s worst sidewalks.

Public Works Supt. Phil Hameister recalled Crete previously allocated $25,000-$50,000 a year. “We haven’t done it for seven or eight years because of the crunch,” he said.

“Most of our curbs are handicap-accessible,” Hameister said, adding that village crews have been making sidewalk corners more accessible “as we resurface roads.”

Mayor Mike Einhorn said the northeast corner of Main Street/Dixie Highway and Burville Road, which has “serious topographic issues,” and sidewalk in tax increment financing district 2 would probably be addressed separately.

Responding to a question from Trustee Steve Johnson, Einhorn said he is unaware of any grant funding available for replacing municipal sidewalks. Village Administrator Tom Durkin said some grants have been available for maintenance/replacement on student routes to school.

In other business:

  • Trustees set the next village board meeting for Thursday, May 22, to avoid a conflict with Memorial Day.
  • Crete Village Clerk Debbie Bachert reported residents are paying less than two-thirds of ComEd’s rate for electricity, thanks to the village’s participation in the Will County Government League Aggregation Group. The rate — 36.5 percent less — is good through October. Beecher and Peotone are also in the group. The current supplier draws energy from 100 percent renewable sources, according to the WCGL.

Einhorn said Monday the village didn’t hire a finance director, as was reported by Eastern Will County News. “All that was was a motion to assign her a title,” he said in response to village resident Don Seehausen’s question about the April 28 board action. Einhorn said the finance director continues as a consultant. EWC News regrets the error.

Original material copyright 2014 Eastern Will County News; all rights reserved.


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