Woodridge trustees review $38M capital improvemement plan

Projects include police dept. renovation, resurfacing, tech uprgades

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 12:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 11:26 a.m. CDT
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(Ryan Terrell - rterrell@shawmedia.com)
One of the proposed projects in the Village of Woodridge's capital improvement program is to give the police department sole occupancy of the facility currently shared with Public Works at 1 Plaza Drive.

WOODRIDGE – The Village of Woodridge has unveiled a slate of proposed capital improvement projects that would cost $38 million over the next six years.

The capital improvement program proposes estimated costs to a slew of village projects, including bigger ticket items that would cover facility renovations and road and infrastructure improvements and lower cost projects such as tree removal and planting, police intiatives and replacement of vehicles and equipment.

Funding for the capital improvement projects would be supported in various village funds and revenue sources, according to a village document, which states “projects proposed can be accomplished within the financial and staff limits of the village.”

Grant funds would also help leverage the spending, the document reads.

The biggest proposed cost is a plan to give the Woodridge Police Department sole
occupancy of the facility that’s currently shared with Public Works at 1 Plaza Drive in the Town Centre.

Public Works would then be relocated somewhere within the Town Centre, a move that would have an early budget of about $12 million.

Another $6.3 million would be budgeted for a renovation of the new police facility, according to the proposal.

Currently, the police department operates within 17,625 square feet of the 37,460-square-foot facility at 1 Plaza Drive.

Giving the police department another 20,000 square feet to function would go along with a 2009 architectural study by the village into the department’s long-term needs, according to village spokesman Jack Knight.

The expansion would allow the department to increase the size of its evidence room, build adequate locker rooms for staff and equipment, upgrade security and allow for a booking room with a holding cell, among other additions, according to Knight.

Other proposed projects under the plan include updates to technology, replacement of traffic signals, erosion control, bridge improvements and fire hydrant maintenance and repairs, as well as $750,000 dedicated to ash tree removal to combat the Emerald Ash Borer.

The plan was presented to the Woodridge Village Board during a workshop meeting Feb. 13. It’s expected to be discussed further during workshops planned for this Saturday as well as March 8.

The plan would be updated annually during the budgeting process as goals, priorities and funding will likely change with each year, according to village officials.

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PROPOSED CAPITAL PROJECTS

A village document breaks down the proposed projects by the village fund that would help cover the costs.

Capital Projects Fund ($22.8 million)
- Relocation of the Public Works facility to a new site, preferably within the Town Center. The former Public Works site would then be renovated for the police department's use. ($19.86 million)
- Updates to the village's computer software system, which has been in place since 1997. A recommendation will go to the board this spring. ($1.5 million)
- Resurfacing of 83rd Street from Interstate 355 to Lemont Road in a joint project with the City of Darien. ($1.2 million split between two towns, with 70 percent of the costs covered by a grant)
Motor Fuel Tax Fund ($7 million)
- Various resurfacing projects, including Center Drive, 71st Street and the annual resurfacing program.
Vehicle and Replacement Program ($2.1 million)
- Replace village vehicles and equipment, including several police vehicles, a chipper truck, dump truck and pickup truck.

General Fund ($2.18 million)
- Support of the annual tree removal program ($750,000) with the goal of removing the entire population of ash trees within the village over the next four to five years and replacing them over the next 10 years.
- Software and technology upgrades ($228,000 total), including an upgrade to the village website ($30,000), the purchase of new tablets and mobile devices to support the village's paperless agenda process ($30,000) and upgrades to the Town Center lighting to more energy efficient fixtures ($50,000).

State and Federal Drug Enforcement Fund ($353,000)
- Various police initiatives, including a new livescan machine for fingerprinting ($28,000) and a new vehicle for a drug enforcement officer ($25,000).

Source: Village of Woodridge

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For a breakdown of each proposed project, visit shawurl.com/10qj.

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