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Village Board approves utility relocation along First Street

LEMONT – In preparation for a First Street construction project, the village of Lemont will pay ComEd to relocate its overhead electrical lines from McCarthy Road to Schultz Street.

The Lemont Village Board unanimously approved the work order during its Aug. 12 meeting.

The order requires a $55,000 initial payment and is estimated to cost $135,000.

The relocation project will start the week of Aug. 26. The First Street construction project will go out to bid in mid-September.

ComEd will move the power lines approximately 13 feet to the west to make room for the First Street project.

In other action, the board voted to remove two pieces of property it had added to the Gateway Tax Increment Finance District during its July 22 meeting.

The properties were not annexed into the village at the time they were added to the district.

Village administrator George Schafer said the village knew it would have to remove the properties when it passed the amendment to the TIF district.

The properties were part of the TIF study to expand the district, but the property owners chose not to join the village, Schafer said.

"If we did not include (the properties) in the TIF study and (the owners) did want to be included in the village, they would not have been able to be part of the TIF," he said.

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