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Frankfurt 2022 budget includes increased street surfacing, water treatment improvements – Chicago Tribune

The Frankfort Village Board approved a 2022-23 budget that includes $7 million for street resurfacing, $4.5 million for a new shaft and iron removal facility, and $3.9 million for the construction of the Pfeiffer Road extension of U.S. Route 30 to Colorado Avenue that could spur development, Mayor Keith Ogle said.

The village experienced tremendous growth in the early 2000s, and now many roads need repairs, Ogle said. Resurfacing the roads costs about half as much as rebuilding them, and the village wants to invest in its infrastructure over the next three years.

From 2016 to 2017, the village was spending about $400,000 to resurface the roads, but residents in 2018 approved a referendum to raise the sales tax and use the increased revenue for road maintenance, the improving infrastructure and hiring three more police officers. At the time, Frankfurt’s sales tax rate was the lowest among Lincoln-Way communities.

Road repairs have increased in the village since then, Ogle said. Last year, the village spent $4 million on its street resurfacing program, and the village hopes to spend $7 million on road resurfacing over the next three years, which will ultimately allow the village to save money on deteriorating roads, the mayor said.

Engineers are evaluating and scoring road conditions to prioritize roads for resurfacing this year, and plans to post the streets scheduled for work on its website, Ogle said.

“Once we receive the report, we can see how far we are going with this year’s funds,” Ogle said. “We want to make sure our infrastructure is solid.”

The village expects to resurface about 30 roads this year, mostly in residential areas, said village administrator Rob Piscia.

The village also plans to begin construction this fall on the two-lane extension of Pfeiffer Road to connect U.S. Route 30 to the Lighthouse Pointe Subdivision. The extension is expected to cost around $3.9 million. The land near the proposed extension is marked in the overall plan as potential for commercial, residential and recreational development, so the extension will help spur development, Ogle said.

The budget also includes $4.5 million for the Elsner Tower well and iron removal facility, which is designed to improve water quality for drinking, laundry and general use, said Ogle. Construction is expected to begin in the summer.

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The village also plans to invest in its software system, which is over 20 years old. The new software will allow searches of public records for business license holders, current licenses or historical licenses and will allow online business license renewals. Residents can also search for things like current or past utility bills. Inspections can also be scheduled online.

The budget also includes $895,000 for improving bike paths and $360,000 for the purchase of a street sweeper for the Public Works Department. The village had previously contracted with a street sweeper, so having their own will provide more consistent upkeep, Piscia said.

General revenue is projected at approximately $23 million, up $3.5 million from last year with expenses budgeted at nearly $18.4 million, an increase of approximately $1 million dollars compared to last year.

Part of the revenue boost comes from the Level the Playing Field law in which municipalities could receive sales taxes on online purchases, Piscia said.

The budget creates an operating surplus of approximately $4.67 million, which will fund a portion of capital development fund expenditures, including the street resurfacing program. Budget surpluses go into the capital fund to help plan major improvements, Piscia said.

The fiscal year of the village begins on May 1.

Michelle Mullins is a freelance journalist for the Daily Southtown.