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‘Worst roads’ will be repaved in Palos Park

Palos Park officials voted unanimously Monday to spend nearly $300,000 to repave more than a half dozen roads as part of the 2016 pavement program.

The work, which will be completed by the Addison-based Brothers Asphalt Paving Inc., is expected to begin in two weeks and be completed by early November, according to Public Works Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters.

All was quiet on the western front Monday in the Golf War of words with Lemont over the village’s planned annexation of three golf courses and a farm totaling more than 1,400 acres of land in unincorporated Lemont Township. A handful of Lemont residents, including the township supervisor and a school board member, made the short drive to Palos Park to object to the annexations at the previous Village Council meeting.

The only action related to the proposed annexation came when the council approved a consent agenda item to set Dec. 14 as the next date to discuss possible zoning changes at the Mid-Iron Golf Course, 12680 Bell Road. The nine-hole course has not been in operation this year and Mahoney has said the property could be part of a commercial development in the future.

That will come after the Cook County Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners is expected to consider at its meeting on Oct. 6 the village’s annexation of 140 acres of forest preserve land southeast of Bell and McCarthy roads. Its annexation by Palos Park would put the village’s boundaries contiguous with Cog Hill, Gleneagles and Mid-Iron Golf courses, the owners of which each seek annexation by Palos Park.

Meantime, the Village Council Monday turned to approving a contract for the village streets’ pavement program. This year’s project calls for the removal and replacement of pavement on 124th Street from Southwest Highway to 88th Avenue; 88th Avenue from 124th Street to Ridge Road; 124th Street from 80th to 82nd avenues and 126th Street from 80th to 81st avenues. There will also be some patches of repaving on Winslow Road, Lakewood Avenue, 90th Court and Old Creek Road, Milovich-Walters said.

“These were the worst roads that [the Public Works Department] determined needed immediate attention,” Milovich-Walters said of the selection process. “That’s why we are addressing these roads and only these roads. [This way] we can get the most out of money.”

The project will be paid for with $100,000 each from Palos Park’s motor fuel tax and general funds and $97,927 from the half-percent sales tax fund.

Six companies bid the project with prices ranging from $297,927 to $389,832. Palos Park budgeted $370,500 for the project, Milovich-Walters said.

“We’re absolutely pleased with the price and happy to be able to get so much done for the amount of money we are spending,” Milovich-Walters said.

It is believed this is the first time Palos Park has contracted Brothers Asphalt, but the company comes with a strong reputation, she said.

This year’s pavement program is larger in scope than most Palos Park commissions, Milovich-Walters said. It is possible the Village may not have the money available next year to do the project so Milovich-Walters encouraged residents to “shop local” since the motor fuel and half-percent sales tax funds partially support the program.

“It depends on how many people buy their gas in Palos Park and how many people shop in Palos Park,” she said when asked if the village will do another pavement project in 2016. “We are talking about the half-percent sales tax fund, which is when you shop here, and the MFT money is when you buy your gas here. The more you buy and shop within your own town of Palos Park, the more money we have for roads.”

Milovich-Walters said Brothers Asphalt will likely spend one day per road. During that time the road will be closed to through traffic. Residents in the area where work is to be completed will be notified by letter when their street will be closed, she said. The project does not include any curb or gutter work.

“For the most part it’s just pick up the asphalt and put down a new coat,” Milovich-Walters said. “Some areas [Brothers] may have to reinforce the base of the road, but in most cases it’s just to take up the asphalt and lay it back down.”

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