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Senior Living Facility On Bouse Road Gets Approval From Glen Carbon Board

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

The Springfield Diocese will be building a senior living community along Bouse Road after several actions were taken by the Glen Carbon Village Board at its Tuesday, March 12 meeting.

The proposed community will have 315 dwelling units and will be built on approximately 54.9 acres adjacent to Father McGivney Catholic High School. It will have 12 cottage homes, 102 independent living apartments, 37 assisted living apartments and 32 memory care units, according to plans.

To lay the groundwork for the vote on the Planned Development Procedure, the board approved an agreement between the village and the Diocese regarding a Bouse Road extension. The village will construct 716 additional feet of the road west of the entrance of the Fairfield subdivision that is adjacent to the  Diocese’s property. The cost to the Diocese is estimated to be $194,009.04 with no interest and no payments until April 1, 2022, when a 10-year payment period begins.

The Diocese and Father McGivney Catholic High School will provide the additional right-of-way and temporary construction access easement at no cost to the village. The Diocese will have a $50,000 obligation, of which the village will credit $10,000 as partial payment because of the easement and warranty deeds, right of way and use of construction.

Territory on Bouse Road just west of the school was annexed. Then the ordinance approving the Planned Development submitted by the Diocese was passed.

The board also voted to establish a Special Service Area in the Cottonwood Village V Subdivision. This will provide a means of raising revenue through a property tax levy by the village of Glen Carbon on the properties within the subdivision to pay for the immediate repair and improvement of the existing roadways.

This is the last step in transferring the rights of way and water and sewer utilities from the Cottonwood Five Successor Homeowner’s Association to the village of Glen Carbon, turning the subdivision’s private streets and utilities into public properties eligible for village improvements – and taxes to pay for them.

“Upon us taking it over, the village will look at some improvements on the road and drainage,” said Village Administrator Jamie Bowden.

The village will be responsible for the maintenance of those streets created many years ago when private streets were permitted, according to Village Attorney Jim Schrempf.

The board also approved an ongoing  voluntary neighborhood surveillance camera registry similar to those in Edwardsville, Belleville and O’Fallon. Limited to exterior video surveillance only – no interior livestreaming – this will be used solely to prevent or solve crimes, according to Police Chief Todd Link. Village residents will be able to register their privately owned video surveillance systems by completing a form on the village website.

In other action, the board approved:

• The use of Miner Park for an American Cancer Society Festival of Hope fundraising brunch-type event involving local restaurants and possibly alcoholic beverages on June 1. This replaces the annual Relay for Life event that used to be held at Edwardsville High School.

“Unfortunately, attendance is dwindling and so we’re trying to change that a bit,” said Becki Blankenship, organizer.

Two Little League games are scheduled in the park on the same day. 

• Authorizing the mayor to apply for Community Development Block grants from Madison County, and, in two related resolutions, approving fair housing policies as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and adopting an Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan for the village of Glen Carbon. 

• A professional service agreement with TWM, Inc. for Heritage Crossing/Illinois Highway 157 improvements in the amount of $120,842.

• To share the cost with the village of Maryville for Nottingham Woods roadway improvements located within Maryville’s boundaries. It also approved a professional services agreement with TWM, Inc. to provide construction observation on the 2019  pavement program within Nottingham Woods Estates at a cost of $98,420 and approved the low bid by Keller Construction to complete the 2019 street rehabilitation project there at a cost of $944,893.50.

• The low bid by Haier Plumbing and Heating in the amount of $307,191 for the village’s 2018 small water main replacement project in Old Town. This will replace small water mains with large ones. According to Public Works Director Jennifer Doody, this bid was $64,310 under the engineer’s estimate.

• The annexation of a vacant lot on Mick Road as part of the Savannah Crossing Subdivision Planned Development Procedure.

• The appointment of longtime resident Janis Little to the G.L.E.N. (Gardening, Landscaping, Enhancing Nature) Committee for the term from March 12, 2019 to April 30, 2020.

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