Even with the city and county
funds, the project was still coming up short a few weeks ago.
Orr was present at last night's city
council meeting to provide an update. He has found some additional
funds. The city has already agreed to supply funding for
infrastructure. That cost can be reduced by 50 percent by a state
grant that the city is eligible to pursue.
The Illinois Department of
Transportation has a 50-50 matching grant that specifically fits an
interstate access economic development project. They seemed very
impressed and quite willing to help us, Orr said. To take advantage
of this grant, IDOT has to be sure attention to details such as
where storm water will go will be addressed, Orr said. All road work
would need to meet IDOT standards.
Because IDOT typically deals with
only one extension at a time, there would be two phases of road
development. One project extends Madigan Drive, and the other
connects Heitman Road to Prospect Heights.
The grant requires pre-structural
engineering, hydrology, traffic studies and cost estimates. The
traffic studies are in-depth and include traffic counts and distance
measurements from the highway ramps to each drive and become very
complex very quickly, city engineer Mark Mathon said. Measurements
will be calculated for truck turns, and a number of other specific
types of calculations will be made. A private consultant
specializing in that type of work will be hired. IDOT will review
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The fees must be paid upfront but
are included in the cost of the project if the grant goes through.
If the project does not take place, those fees are not reimbursed
but will be paid out of the funds the city has already dedicated.
City attorney Bill Bates advised that the agreement needs to state
that it is approved only if the project is going forward.
Orr added that he has also found
some funding from the state's Opportunity Returns program. These
funds are not sufficient for the infrastructure portion but can be
used on the project.
Finance committee chairman Verl
Prather made the motion for the city to seek the grant. Alderman
Benny Huskins was absent. There was 100 percent agreement from the
remainder of the council.