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DeKalb County board approves $2.3M worth of road improvement projects

Also: Kiara Jones sworn in to fill vacant City of DeKalb spot through Nov. 30

The DeKalb County Board unanimously approved $2.3 million worth of road improvement projects Wednesday night, as they held their monthly meeting virtually via zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The DeKalb County Board unanimously approved $2.3 million worth of road improvement projects Wednesday night, as they held their monthly meeting virtually via zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Board unanimously approved
$2.3 million worth of road improvement projects on April 15 as they held their meeting virtually via Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Projects include bridge replacements, road resurfacing and maintenance, according to county documents.

Three countywide maintenance projects were also approved, including South Roxanna-based Corrective Asphalt Materials for the application of about 116,000 square yards of asphalt sealer on Peace and Plank roads in DeKalb County and Health Services and Greenwood Acres Drive in DeKalb for $106,8000, along with center-line pavement markings on all county roads and certain road districts and municipalities streets for $193,000.

DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski said he’s been in talks recently with countywide leaders and school superintendents to discuss the economic crisis caused by the viral pandemic and potential impacts on property taxes, but did not go into detail on how that may affect county board budgets.

“We’re coming up with a proposal that the Finance Committee is going to be discussing,” he said. “I’m intentionally being a little vague on it just because we don’t have anything formalized yet.”

Pietrowski said ongoing property tax impact discussions are planned for May.

Terri Lozier of Sycamore urged the board to consider a no passing zone sign be placed in front of Gerry Lane on Plank Road because of continued traffic accidents along that corridor.

“Every time we come to meetings, more and more people are telling you about people getting almost hurt or injured as they try to pull out of Devine Way or Plank Road,” Lozier said. “We really need to have this addressed.”

Planned projects approved by the county board include the replacement of the bridge over Indian Creek carrying Suydan Road in Paw Paw in an amount not to exceed $315,000.

An engineering agreement for the replacement of the bridge on McGirr Road with Warrenville-based Engineering Resource Associates over Battle Creek carrying McGirr Road in Pierce was approved for $80,000.

Nine road resurfacing projects were approved for Crystal Lake-based Curran Contracting Company including 2 miles of Lee Road in Clinton for $197,000, 2 miles of Old State and County Line Roads in Cortland for $269,000, a half mile of Ellwood Greens Road and Madison Street in Genoa for $82,000, 1 mile of Pleasant Hill and Lanana roads in Kingston for $162,000, 1 mile of McGirr Road in Pierce for $67,000 and 1½ miles of West Sandwich Road in Sandwich for $208,000, documents show.

Resurfacing was also approved to Lake Bluff-based Peter Baker & Son Company for 4½ miles of Old State, Whipple, Indian Point, Swanson, Free and Kevin roads in Sycamore for $470,7000.

A contract for LaSalle-based Universal Asphalt & Excavating will resurface 1 mile of Keslinger Road in Milan for $64,000 and 1 mile of Phillips and Duffy roads in Squaw Grove for $152,2000.

The board also swore in its first member virtually on April 15, as Kiara Jones was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sandra Polanco, representing District 5, the city of DeKalb, through Nov. 30.

Jones also will serve on the economic development committee.

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