Hello Bull Valley Residents and Friends:
Road improvements to Bull Valley Road from Valley Hill west to Country Club, and all of Crystal Springs Road, have been completed. Our matching amount of 20% plus engineering fees will be billed to us by IDOT in installments over the next fiscal year (2018-19). This means we may not be able to do much else with the remaining roads until after our debt is paid. In the meantime we are working with our Townships to identify areas where we can coordinate projects so we are ready to go when we can afford them. We will also be looking into other ways to finance these much needed road improvements, including intergovernmental cooperation with townships and alternative road treatments.
In order to make the match for the recent projects, we have scaled back to bare bones on all other expenses and are aggressively pursuing other ways to handle some of our other roads. Our Engineering Firm, Baxter and Woodman developed and submitted a road improvement plan that makes recommendations for all the roads in our jurisdiction. We are looking into qualifying more of our roads for federal funding, a complex process that has to be approved through the McHenry County Council of Mayors, and then through the Illinois Department of Transportation. We are also exploring different materials to make pothole patching stronger and longer wearing.
Part of scaling back means not mowing roadsides as often this summer. Road crews will keep the intersections clear for visibility, but if you wish to mow to the edge of the road when you do your lawn, we will appreciate the help.
We are also seeking volunteers to help with mowing at the Stickney House lawn, and the Still Farm Dog Park. We have a new industrial mower with a 60” deck and other equipment and fuel available if you are willing and able. We currently have only two volunteers who do the whole park, but ideally will have two or even three more so we don’t wear out any one of you. We appreciate the spirit of volunteerism in this Village and do not want to abuse it.
We will keep you posted on the potential for future road projects. Please share this information with your neighbors who may not be on our emailing list. If you have questions, please call Rich Vance, Village Administrator, at 815-459-4454 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To contact Mr. Koch, please call (815)459-4833