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Village to begin work on First Street sidewalk, increase penalty fee for bad checks

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 3:29 p.m. CST

LEMONT – The Lemont Village Board approved a bid for a sidewalk installation on the west side of First Street from Schultz Road to Bethany Lutheran Cemetery during its Oct. 28 meeting.

The project will include a 5-foot-wide striped asphalt shoulder along the cemetery to McCarthy Road.

The additions are part of the larger project of widening First Street and connecting it to Berkley Lane. They will add $32,706.50 to the overall cost of the project.

Lemont Village Administrator George Schafer said staff recommended including the shoulder so pedestrians would have a place to walk.

Schafer said work on the sidewalk and shoulder additions should start by the end of the week and will take a couple of weeks to complete.

The Village Board also approved changes to the municipal code on Non Sufficient Fund checks written to the village.

The penalty for NSFs will increase to $25. An NSF must be replaced by cash, cashier's check, money order or credit. A person who submits two NSFs in a year will be placed on "cash only" status for three months.

Lemont Finance Director Chris Smith said during the Oct. 21 board meeting that the previous penalty of $15 only covered the bank fee for processing the NSF and that the increase compensates the village to for its work addressing the issue.

"We want to make a point that that's not acceptable," she said of the NSF checks the village receives.

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