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Water Rate Increases Spilling Over in New Lenox

A flat rate for service plus a fee per 1,000 gallons used is proposed.

The cost of water is expected to tap the financial well of New Lenox residents again, since infrastructure improvements in Chicago and Oak Lawn are moving forward.

At the first Committee of the Whole meeting for the Village of New Lenox, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"village-hall-7"} --> on Monday, highlighted the system. In an attempt to grapple with inevitable increases associated with water department improvement project along with plans to upgrade the

Kimberly September 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM
A $10 million dollar police station?? Is that a typo?
Ann Piasecki September 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Actually revised plans have it coming in around $9.5 million for a 30,000-square-foot, two-story structure.
BRW September 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Glad we got the clarified number on the police station, 9.5 million is so much better than 10 million. The dicrepancy must of came from the $750,000.00 fee to DESIGN it. How do these politicians sleep at night?
Phil September 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
EXAMPLE Galesburg, IL Police Station Square Foot Cost Estimates Total Building Cost $192.99 sq ft. total= $2,122,855 http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/building-types/police-stations/illinois/ Even using a total of $200.00 sq ft. the entire project should be under 6 million. And does this include the cost of obtaining the land? What Government project has ever come in under or even at budget? ifthey project 9.5 then we are really looking at 10.5 - 11 million at the end of construction.
sells September 18, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Take a look at the village hall; then you'll see why the cost will be so high. I'm sure they'll have fancy paneled walls and only the best leather chairs and desks.
Tori Watson September 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Politicians do toss and turn at night due to the piles of YOUR cash under their mattresses. They have no soul, you silly rabbit.
Tori Watson September 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I would expect nothing less than a 30% cost-overrun based on my firms experience. Think of the jobs this project will create- golf caddy, pool boy, wealth management advisor- and that's just for Balderman !
I September 18, 2012 at 02:05 PM
It appears the police need a station that will show well next to the" palace of the czar " they built for the village hall. Taxes are driving everyone out of town but no one wants to stop spending. I thought they told us they needed to build a new village hall so the police could use the old one as their building was falling down. New story now?
Katie T. September 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Hopefully New Lenox residents will come to their senses and vote Baldermann out next election. I knew he was bad news for New Lenox. All pomp and circumstance. There is absolutely no need for a new police station right now with that kind of price tag.
Mary Beth Lubert September 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Why can't the police just move into the village hall. Most of that palace is empty!!! How much are our taxes going to go up for this little project??? We can hardly afford to live in New Lenox anymore. My taxes are so ridiculous now, I can't wait for the next 5 years!!!
Tom September 18, 2012 at 02:23 PM
It's bad enuff we get charged for 6000 gallons of water if you used it or not, but now it's going to cost more. Thanks New Lenox for nothing. I havn't had a raise in 4 years but that doesn't stop the cost of water and gas prices from going up. Why did you cut out the stickers for our cars ? if the cost of water is going up? you could have used that money to off thencost a little for us living in town. YA great place to live!
N Yan September 18, 2012 at 02:54 PM
This has got to stop! Other neighboring towns went to this flat rate and their bills doubled and even tripled. How are those able to survive when so many are out of work or haven't received salary increases in years due to the econmy and government spending isn't under control and we are just being taxed or charged more for everything .... health, education, water, electric, Fed Gov 16 trillion in debt, IL 14 billion in debt? Based on how I read this, my bill will go up AT MIN $40 a month - $480 a year. Joke. Utter joke. Sickens me.
Rob Bulina September 18, 2012 at 02:54 PM
MIght want to look at this from todays paper. http://www.suntimes.com/14993386-761/ex-chicago-ridge-police-chiefs-pay-soared-under-disability-deal.html
N Yan September 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
And from what I recall, I wanted to vote Balderman out last election but he had NO opponent. He needs to get out NOW. This town has issues, major issues. But I guess it is comforting that we aren't the only ones.
Rob Bulina September 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Ex-Chicago Ridge police chief’s pay soared under disability deal What ex-chief GETS Former Chicago Ridge police Chief Timothy A. Baldermann gets a total of more than $274,000 a year from three government agencies. A breakdown: $129,192 Tax-free disability pay — which is about $20,000 more than he was paid as chief. $127,000 Yearly salary from Union School District 81, a 110-student district in Joliet where he started as superintendent in June. $18,000 Annual salary as part-time mayor and liquor commissioner of New Lenox. The day he left his job as Chicago Ridge police chief to go on disability, Timothy A. Baldermann got a big raise. Baldermann walked away with disability pay of $129,192 a year — nearly $20,000 more than he made as police chief for the southwest suburb. Baldermann, 46, is due to collect more than $2 million in disability pay by the time he turns 60 for the back injury he reported suffering while loading a body into a police van four years ago, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found. After he turns 60, he will see his disability pay soar by 48 percent, to $191,204. Each year after that, it will go up by another $3,876. His disability pay — all tax-free — is the highest the Sun-Times has found in its investigation into police and firefighter disability benefits paid out by cash-strapped public pension systems financed largely by taxpayers.
Rob Bulina September 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Chicago Ridge village officials made it possible by agreeing, among other things, to calculate Baldermann’s disability pay in part based on vacation time he had accumulated but never used, as well as by giving him a 20 percent raise on his last day on the job before he stepped down as chief in 2010. Now, they want to revisit the generous deal they gave him. Not a chance, says Baldermann.
Born Here September 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
OMG so much for being an honest hard working person, I wish I could look forward to that. My back hurts too! I never filed WC. I never took advantage of the system, but one thing I do know is each year it breaks my heart to think that I may have to move because of the taxes. Why are you so selfish???? You are suppose to be for the people, not against the people.
Mike Zemaitis September 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Water in New Lenox is already extremely expensive. I am pleased the Mayor is looking answers to the proposed water rate hike and I hope he comes up with some remedies. Long term it sure looks like we need to plan some for some better alternatives. 15 percent increases over the next three years is high. On another note with respect to water usage, water is both a "fixed" and "variable" cost for our village. With that said when the homeowners that don't consume 6,000 gallons of water every month should be credited in the months they do use more than 6,000 gallons to the extent of the floor (6,000 Gallons) for the fixed cost portion of water for households. The "real" cost for water annually would then be same to everyone and everyone would then be paying for what they actually use annually. It seems to me the elderly and smaller households are likely paying much more for water annually if they have months that thier usage is below the city "floor" for water billing. That's not fair.
Kyle Williams September 18, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Suddenly, well-water doesn't taste so bad now.
Born Here September 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I grew up on well water, I never knew the difference, well except the rust build up. Then you buy a water softener. At least that's a fixed price!

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