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Lemont receives Cook County grant to replace downtown sidewalks

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 11:16 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:50 a.m. CDT

LEMONT – The Lemont Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant from Cook County during its Sept. 23 meeting.

According to a map attached to the meeting agenda, the grant funds will be used to replace sidewalks in the area of downtown Lemont west of State Street.

The project area extends as far north as Front Street, as far south as Logan Street and as far west as Grant Street.

Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves said this is the largest Community Development Block Grant he has seen during his time as the mayor.

Lemont Public Works Director Ralph Pukula said the project will reduce tripping hazards in the area and repair steps.

"Sidewalks in this area, this older part of town, definitely need attention," he said.

Lemont Village Administrator George Schafer said the village expects to receive a notice to proceed with the grant from Cook County in January, after which it will have three months to begin the project.

Schafer said he expects the project to be completed within a year.

The Board also approved bids to replace trees in the Smith Farms and Mayfair Estates subdivisions and replace curbs and sidewalks in Mayfair Estates.

The tree replacement project was awarded to Beverly Environmental for $15,590. The curb and sidewalk project was awarded to Davis Concrete Construction for $14,580.

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