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Glen Carbon Board Approves Facility, Hears Street Inspection Results

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

Old roads and new building projects were on the agenda when the Glen Carbon Village Board met on Tuesday, July 9.

Jeffrey Reis of TWM Inc. gave a short update on the street inspections the civil and structural engineering firm has performed as part of the village’s five-year Pavement Management Program.

“We’ve inspected approximately sixty-six center line miles,” he said. “That’s how much there is in the village.”

He said the streets received a Pavement Condition Index average rating of 70 on a scale of 0 to 100 with 86 to 100 being Good, 71 to 85 being Satisfactory and 56 to 70 being Fair. He said that 5 percent of the streets were in pretty bad condition but overall, 70 was the average. The oil and chip and asphalt streets were hovering around 70 PCI or maybe a little bit below.

The concrete streets were in a little better condition, he said.

The scale is based on the streets’ deterioration, such as the appearance of general cracking, “alligator” cracking into tiny squares of roadway and the development of potholes.

O’Fallon’s rating was in the mid-70s, Reis said, Carbondale’s was around 70 and the village of Glen Carbon was “definitely” ahead of the “pretty poor” condition of the parking lots at the Metro stations that are currently being evaluated.

Reis showed graphs of what the streets would look like 15 years from now and the points where they would need maintenance before moving into the Poor category, 55 or below. He showed how that information would be helpful for budgeting and planning repairs in the future.

If there is no maintenance at all, Reis said, based on the current conditions of the streets and deterioration over time, “ten years from now thirty percent of the streets will be very poor.”

In other developments, three hundred and fifteen senior dwelling units for people aged 55 and older will be the eventual result of final development and section plans approved by the village.

Divine Mercy, formerly known as the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield Senior Living Facility, will be built near Father McGivney Catholic High School. The development’s entrance will be aligned with that of the Fairfield Subdivision on Bouse Road north of the site.

Phase I of the section plan includes the creation of two pocket neighborhoods consisting of 12 cottage homes designed as  cluster homes in two groups of six (to be eventually expanded to 132 units in 22 clusters of six); 102 independent living apartments; 37 assisted living apartments; 32 memory care units; and a town center building with a chapel, dining, activity, fitness/wellness and administrative spaces.

A final plat for Bear Creek Estates was also approved. This five-acre parcel of land will be divided into six lots for residential development and is located on Glen Crossing Road.

Four of the lots will be reached by a private driveway, to be owned and maintained by those living there.

The preliminary plat for the Birchwood Park Estates, formerly known as Village Circle Apartments, also met with the board’s approval. Twenty multi-family buildings are planned for that parcel of land. Osborn Properties is the developer for both Birchwood Park and Bear Creek Estates.

A discussion and presentation  on a possible police department “drone” program was tabled until August.

In other action the board also approved:

• A low bid by Brewster Companies Inc. in the amount of $38,168.06 to complete emergency repairs at two locations along Meridian Road – a culvert crossing on South Meridian Road and a storm drain on the Meridian Connector.

• The appointment of
Aaron Mueller as chairperson of the Historical and Museum Commission. His term began on July 9, 2019 and will end on April 30, 2020.

The next village board meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend or can watch the meeting on the Village of Glen Carbon Facebook page.

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