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Sewer, roads, bike path on Spring Grove's to-do list

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 4:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:35 p.m. CDT

SPRING GROVE – Plans are in the works to hook Spring Grove Elementary School and St. Peter’s Catholic Church up to the village’s sewer system, the village president said.

It’s one of three projects planned for the year, including resurfacing part of The Preserve subdivision and extending the Winn Road bike path to the Thousand Oaks subdivision, Village President Mark Eisenberg said.

The cost of extending the sewer line – a pressure system, not gravity flow – from Winn Road along Main Street would be split between Nippersink District 2 and the church, he said. Rough estimates put the cost at less than $168,000 for the church and less than $220,000 for the district.

The village would pay the cost to extend it to Blivin Street, less than $100,000. The extension opens up the possibility that other businesses might be able to hook onto it.

“If we had the money, we would have sewer downtown already, but the economics have impeded it,” Eisenberg said. “This is a great fix for those two in need.”

The effort was driven by the church, which is “in desperate need of sewer,” he said. Both the church and school use septic systems, but the church’s system isn’t very good, making it difficult to hold bigger functions at the church, he said.

The Rev. Monsignor Joseph F. Jarmoluk, the pastor at the church, did not return a call for comment.

The goal is to get the project completed before school starts in the fall, and the village plans to go out to bid in a few weeks. The Nippersink District 2 School Board also would have to give its OK.

The village also is looking to resurface the Phase 1 roads of The Preserve subdivision, which include Red Hawk Lane, Morning Dove Lane, Partridge Court and a portion of Cardinal Lane, Village Clerk Sandi Rusher said. It adds up to more than a mile of roadway.

The Spring Grove Village Board approved the use of up to $275,000 of motor fuel tax dollars for the project, she said.

The village still has to go out for bid on the project.

The extension of the Winn Road bike path hopefully will be started in the fall, depending on when the village gets the go-ahead from the state, Eisenberg said.

The $100,000 project – 90 percent of which will be paid for using an Illinois Department of Transportation grant – will extend the bike path about a half mile from where it currently dead-ends at the Oak Hills subdivision to the Thousand Oaks subdivision.

Work would take a couple of weeks, he said.

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