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Village Postpones Vote On Senior Housing

By Charlie Feldman

The Glen Carbon village board took action on several construction-related items but postponed action on the largest during its Tuesday, January 12 meeting.

It met on Zoom due to concerns related to COVID-19.

A vote on the Plan Development Procedure for the proposed senior community housing unit, Keystone Place at Magnolia Commons on Illinois Route 157, was laid over until the next meeting due to technical difficulties.

The development was previously discussed in August, October, November and December. One delay had been the wait for results of a support drainage study to find out how the increased runoff water would be accommodated because the developer is planning to fill and build upon a drainage basin. Those results were ready for that night’s meeting but problems with the software on which to read them and other tech issues meant that the developer and others related to the project who joined the meeting on Zoom would have to come back next time.

The board did say yes to a Landowner Agreement with Heartland Conservancy for Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 funding for Miner Park streambank stabilization. The conservatory would administer the IEPA funds that would cover 50 percent of the project’s cost.

The village is looking to bid and start the project in early February, although final approval from the IEPA is still pending. Completion is anticipated in early April due to the impact on the Miner Park ball diamond. An alternate bid is being reviewed to remove the ball diamond portion of the project if approval is not received in a timely manner, according to village administrator Jamie Bowden.

The village also approved an agreement with Vandevanter Engineering regarding Oakdale Lake Lift Station maintenance and pump replacements for Oakdale lift station #3 and lift station #15 in the amount of $89,975.

Sheila Page was appointed to the Cool Cities Committee to fill a term that ends on April 30 this year.

In other action the board approved:

• an ordinance approving membership in the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association and authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental cooperation contract. This, the  liability insurance company that the board selected in December, requested the action.

• a proclamation by the mayor declaring January 2021 to be  Radon Month in the village of Glen Carbon.

The next meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, January 26 at 7 p.m.

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