Village Trustees Discuss Changes to Public Works Building Project

A requested $45,000 change to the salt storage structure is expected to save money in the long-term. The new dome structure diminishes the need for a costly conveyor.

As the Village of New Lenox moves forward with plans to construct a $9 million public works facility, trustees during a Monday Committee of the Whole meeting were brought up-to-date on a staff preference to build a dome salt storage structure instead of the traditional storage building.

, said since the staff's review of the plans for storage needs, a dome structure—the same type of structure the Illinois Department of Transportation relies on—is preferable because it increases the capacity and it's easier to load.

The building would hold 5,400 tons of salt, while a dome can handle about 6,200 tons. The further advantage is that the dome makes it easier to load.  "You can just push it in," whereas the storage building would more often require the use of a conveyor to pour it in.

The change would cost $45,000, but it would save money too, Kurt said. Conveyors can cost as much as the total price of the storage building. The dome would hardly every require a conveyor to load in the salt. On the occasions that a conveyor is required, it could be rented rather than purchased, he said.

Carroll emphasized that this request was "staff-driven. It's a value added" item. Board members are expected to formally take up the matter at an upcoming board meeting.

The new face of the village is expected to come online in March

The village's website has gotten a facelift. It's expected to come online in March. The redesign of the website is designed for easy navigation and links that bring the reader to other departments.

Some of the fresh features of the website are a Village Commons calendar of events along with videos featuring NLCTV6 programs.  Mayor Tim Baldermann said he was particularly fond of the Village Commons calendar because it welcomes other entities using the Village Commons to post on the site, such as the New Lenox Fire Protection District.

"That's what we wanted," said Baldermann," it's for the community.

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Robert Nork January 22, 2013 at 01:34 PM
What's $45,000 on a $9 MILLION project? Just noticed New Lenox raised the franchise fee for Cable TV from $3.40 (2012) to $4.93(this months bill). I think this is a 45% increase. On top of an increase in water, a 5% TAX on electric AND phone, and increase in the sales tax. I guess they need to pay for the luxurious Village Hall, new state of the art police station and new $9,000,000 public works facility somehow. Never mind that people are barely making it now. They know what's good for us. We cannot afford to let these goofs stay in office much longer. New Lenox - Home of Proud Americans. I am a proud American. I am just not proud of my Village officials.
Grace Hopper January 22, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Cancel ALL public construction IMMEDIATELY until we get our finances in order. Every week the Tribune details about a small municipality overspending and creating a financial mess. We don't need a new public works pool hall.
govwatchdog January 22, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Grace, Where can I find the report on New Lenox's Overspending? I would like to read it. Is it online?
hazelgreen January 22, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Linda Carson January 23, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I think if you go to City Hall and look up- at the building- you will see it.


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