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The opening of the Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge inched forward Tuesday as a Kane County Board committee gave preliminary approval to a multimillion-dollar contract that locks in two discount programs for frequent users.

Even with the discounts, board representatives from the area where the tollway will be located are still not pleased with the project.

The board’s transportation committee voted to give a $7.8 million contract to Texas-based Electronic Transactions Consultants Corp. The company, whose primary owners are based in Italy, would oversee the discount program and manage customer accounts and communication.

The contract is a six-year deal with possible extensions that could see it last up to 10 years. The $7.8 million reflects the full 10-year cost of the pending agreement.

Tolls for most cars will be 95 cents per trip on the bridge over the Fox River. It’s the only bridge over the river in the county that would charge a toll.

Frequent users of the Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge can take advantage of one of two discount programs, depending on where they live.

Read more here.

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Algonquin Village President John Schmitt has died.

Algonquin Trustee Debby Sosine called him a fabulous village president and said on Saturday that she was very sad to confirm the news of his death.

“He was such a great leader and we are just sorely going to miss him,” Sosine said. “He was a personal friend of mine and other board members. It’s just a shock.”

A memory that Sosine says will stick with her was when she and Schmitt were able to drive a stretch of road that recently opened along Longmeadow Parkway to Route 31.

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Beginning tomorrow, July 8th, Bolz Road will be closed to traffic between Sandbloom Road and the entrance to the stone quarry for 8 to 10 weeks, weather permitting, to allow construction crews to safely and efficiently construct the new Bolz Road roadway realignment and install new watermain and storm sewer. Traffic will be routed around Bolz Road using Sandbloom Road, IL 62 and IL 25 as shown below:

Motorist are advised to watch for construction workers, construction vehicles entering or leaving the closed roadway, and obey flaggers and other traffic control devices bordering the work zone.

The full KDOT press release can be viewed and downloaded here.

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A rendering of how the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge over the Fox River will look when completed. (Kane County / HANDOUT)

The Kane County Board has added insult to injury by voting to charge drivers 95 cents to cross the Longmeadow Parkway Corridor Bridge, a contentious project from the beginning.

Although the artist’s rendering of the bridge shows a lovely structure over the Fox River, it is truly an intrusion to the Brunner Forest Preserve and to residents of several nearby subdivisions.

Approximately 8,000 Dundee Township residents — including me — voted against the bridge in a nonbinding referendum. I opposed it because it’s too close to homes.

County Board member Chris Kious said the toll represents an unfair cost to his constituents. He pointed out that the Stearns Road and Fabyan Parkway bridges constructed in recent years do not have tolls.

Read the full letter to the editors of the Elgin Courier-News here.

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East Dundee has approved zoning regulations that would limit marijuana operations to a specific area on the east side of town, including properties fronting Route 25.

The East Dundee village board has backed an advisory panel’s recommendation to keep marijuana dispensaries out of the downtown.

Instead, all cannabis operations will be limited to an “overlay” zoning district encompassing commercial and industrial properties on the east side of town — including parcels along both sides of Route 25, trustees decided in a unanimous vote this week.

Each business will require a special use permit, meaning East Dundee officials will evaluate applicants on a case-by-case basis.

The ordinance is similar to a proposal supported earlier this month by the planning and zoning commission, with one key difference: Members of the panel initially suggested not allowing pot shops along the frontage of the high-traffic roadway, locally known as Dundee Avenue.

Read more about their not surprising decision here.

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Tolls along the Longmeadow Parkway will become a reality after a Tuesday morning vote by the full Kane County Board. The vote ensures completion of the newest bridge to span the Fox River in the far northern portion of the county. The bridge will open in 2022.

Kane County has its first toll bridge, though a last-minute amendment could have added tolls to two other county bridge crossings.

Tolls along the Longmeadow Parkway will become a reality after a Tuesday morning vote by the full Kane County Board. The vote ensures completion of the newest bridge to span the Fox River in the far northern portion of the county. The bridge will open in 2022.

That last-minute amendment came from county board member Chris Kious, who said the Longmeadow Parkway tolls represent an unfair cost to his constituents. He pointed to the Stearns Road and Fabyan Parkway bridges as two county projects that allow toll-free crossings.

“By passing this (toll), you are subjecting the residents of the northernmost part of this county to pay an extra tax/user fee for the use of this Kane County bridge, which they have to use to access each side of their own villages,” Kious said. “No other roadway in the county has such a toll.”

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Hickory Hill Park in Carpentersville will be undergoing a major overhaul thanks to a $363,800 park improvement grant.

Dundee Township Park District is one of 85 recipients statewide to receive funding from the Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant program administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, district officials said.

The 13.36-acre Hickory Hill Park, located at 770 Navajo Drive, has a baseball diamond but little else as far as amenities, district Executive Director Dave Peterson said.

Planned improvements include a bike repair station, basketball court, playground, picnic shelter and a nine-hole disc golf course. The baseball field will be replaced with free-play soccer areas.

Read more here.

Editorial note: 770 Navajo Drive is the address of District 220’s former Woodland Early Learning Center.

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It’s going to cost Kane County and Algonquin residents (among others) to use the Longmeadow Parkway toll bridge when it opens in 2022. It just won’t cost as much as it will for other people — unless you’re a truck driver.

The Kane County Board’s transportation committee gave preliminary approval to place a toll of 95 cents for most vehicles crossing the bridge over the Fox River. KDOT officials also unveiled a plan for the residents of Kane County and Algonquin that will give them unlimited access to the toll bridge for $200 a year.

The discount is in recognition of an overall goal to pay off the $28 million borrowed to help build the bridge with money from outside the county.

KDOT officials said the $200 cost pays for itself for any resident who uses the toll bridge round-trip twice a week for the year. Commuters who use the bridge five days per week for work would see that $200 cost average out to about 38 cents per crossing, officials said.

If you live outside Kane County or Algonquin and plan to be a regular user of the toll bridge, KDOT will offer a $300 annual pass. All discounts will require an I-PASS.

Read more here.

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The village of Barrington Hills is making plans to improve the 5-mile stretch of Algonquin Road between Routes 25 and 68. 

Algonquin Road, also known as Route 62, is being studied to determine whether it should be widened.

The project is in Phase 1, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Phase 1 should cost about $3.5 million, said Guy Tridgell, director of communications for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  

The improvements are in response to the construction of the Longmeadow Parkway Tollway Bridge, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin said. The bridge will span the Fox River and connect Randall Road in the west to Algonquin Road in the east, increasing traffic by about 8,000 cars on Algonquin Road.

Read more from the Northwest Herald here.

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In May of last year, the Board of Trustees directed the Plan Commission to review the Village Comprehensive Plan and make recommendations for any changes they saw fit for the Board to adopt. The last time the Comprehensive Plan was updated was 2005 and amendments were approved in 2008.

After nearly a year of work and meetings, the Plan Commission has agreed to the changes they would like seen in the Plan. A copy of their proposed 2019 Village Comprehensive Plan can be viewed and downloaded here.

A public hearing is scheduled for July 8th at 6:30 PM to allow residents to voice their comments, or feedback can be provided to the Village Clerk at clerk@vbhil.gov.

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