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Architects Approved for New Police, Public Works Buildings

The major aspects of the village's $24 million capital improvements project are moving forward.

The village's massive capital improvements plan continues to make progress as architects were approved Monday to build a new police station and public works facility. 

Both projects are part of a $24 million in capital improvements that include .

Last year the New Lenox Village Board voted to increase its sales tax by a 1/2 a cent, bringing the total rate to 8.5 percent, and also increase its utility tax 5 percent on gas and electric to help pay for the projects.

The met Aug. 27 and approved Oak Brook-based FGM Architects was given the nod of approval to begin drawing up plans for the estimated $9.5 million police station construction project.

The board first approved a flat fee of $750,000 for FGM experts to design the building and follow the construction process from beginning to end. They are not project managers, village administrator Kurt Carroll said, but they will work closely with the project to ensure that all aspects of the design are implemented correctly.

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What stands out with FGM is the fact that they specialize in municipal buildings.

"They have experience building police stations," Carroll said.

The new police station is anticipated to be a 30,000-square-foot, two-story structure built on Veterans Parkway on the northeast side of the . The building is expected to open in spring of 2014, he said.

Meanwhile, the public works building, which is planned to be completed a full year earlier, is quite a bit larger, Carroll said. 

The public works department requires much more space because it needs to accommodate trucks and equipment, according to Carroll. Cherry Hill Business Park is the site for the planned public works building. The building will have a couple garages to keep the trucks and equipment out of the weather and to service and maintain the equipment.

The building will be divided up between the water and streets departments.

Northern Builders, a Chicago-based industrial and commercial architectural firm, was authorized by the village board to initiate the process for the $8.5 million construction plan. Carroll added that the property has yet to purchase for the building. Therefore, the total project will cost about $9 million.  

The board voted unanimously to seek out a construction oversight representative to ensure the project accommodates the village's stipulations. This is a common practice for these types of projects, Carroll said.

The details of both structures are anticipated to be discussed at the village's first committee of the whole meeting, which is 7 p.m. Sept. 17 at Village Hall.

The village is likely to keep the current public works facilities along Ellis Road for storage purposes, Carroll said. The current police station will be used by the New Lenox Park District. 

Equipment purchases

Trustees authorized the purchase of a leaf vacuum for a total of $14,995 from Bonnell Industries Inc. in Dixon.

In addition, the village board approved the purchase of a $12,265 radar trailer and message board from All Traffic Solutions, of State College, Penn. The radar trailer is intended for use by the police department.

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Ty Wagner August 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
They are spending $750,000 on the DESIGN of a police station. These clowns in office just don't get it. It's not your money to piss away. $15,000 for a single leaf vacuum ? Are they aware of mulching? " You should shred your leaves with the lawn mower instead of raking them, advises nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myer. "As long as the grass blades can be seen [through] the leaf pieces, the lawn will be fine," she said in a news release. The shredded leaves will break down, adding nutrients and organic matter to the soil, Myer said. " These irresponsible administrators have no business with our town's checkbook.
Corey Ann August 29, 2012 at 02:42 PM
how about sidewalks along South Cedar Rd. It's very dangerous, cannot walk and often times you teens walking down the middle of the street with cars going 40 - 50 MPH
Ty Wagner August 29, 2012 at 04:21 PM
" Supt. Ron Sly said more space and organization is needed for all the work done in the garage. " Looks like plenty of space to do repairs. Maybe buy a shelving unit for wall storage. Why are there so many armchairs in the shop? I've worked in many shops and never saw one that looked this casual- looks more like a hang-out or senior lounge. Will the new facilities have a jacuzzi and pool table ? Lazy public workers.
Lsingersongs August 29, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Just seems like a total waste of OUR money! $750,000 just to draw up plans are you kidding? another large showpiece of a structure to impress who? I sure hope it turns out nice I won't be able to afford to live here by the time it's done.
JPS August 29, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The leaf vacuum seems like such a bad idea. I'm supposed to haul leaves all the way from my backyard to the curb and hope they don't blow back on my lawn before the truck comes around. The free bag pickup was a much better solution.
Ty Wagner August 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM
It sounds as if someone ran for office on just on the platform of sidewalks everywhere, they'd win an election easily. Tese don't need to ne concrete walks w/ overpasses and $10 Million price tags, just blacktop paths so we can ride our bikes to train station, stores and other businesses. This would elevate traffic and show New Lenox gives a crap, instead of a new $10 Million police station or a new costly 60,000 sq ft expanded garage for snow plows.
hazelgreen September 07, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Disgusting that this is being done now.

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