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Village of Lemont still weeks away from Sports Complex update

LEMONT – Lemont Mayor Brian Reaves said the village is still in discussions with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District about the proposed Lemont Sports Complex and he hopes to have some direction from the district in four to six weeks.

His statement came during the March 24 Lemont Village Board meeting, at which residents opposed to the project continued to ask questions about the complex.

The district owns the land where the village wants to build, and sets the architectural requirements for the project.

Reaves said it has been a challenge working with the district in recent months and they “hold all the cards.”

“The MWRD is behind Lemont doing what we can do with that piece of land,” he said. “It will all come down to cost.”

Reaves said $150,000 to be spent on complex studies has been removed from the village’s proposed 2014-15 budget and they will instead be paid for as part of the village’s project financing plan.

“If the project goes forward, any cost associated with the financing will go into the bond,” said Village Administrator George Schafer.

Schafer said the village used a similar practice on facility projects such as the Village Hall and Police Department.

During the meeting, the board also approved several ordinances and resolutions as part of its consent agenda.

These included:

• An amendment to Title V of the municipal code relating to business licenses. All businesses in Lemont will be required to get a business license, and license periods will follow the calendar year instead of the fiscal year. The cost of liquor licenses will also go up to better match neighboring communities.

• A variation to the Unified Development Ordinance allowing for residential space in the back of the first floor of the building at 410 Main St. The building already has residential space on the second and third floor and a business at the front of the first floor.

• Allocating $486,000 from the Motor Fuel Tax Fund to the Public Works Department to purchase materials needed for annual operations.

• An agreement with Quicket Solutions Inc. to test a new electronic ticketing system for the Lemont Police Department.

• Issuing Downtown Facade, Sign and Site Improvement Grants to pay for repairs at 117 and 212 Stephen St. The 117 Stephen St. grant is for $8,968.89 and will replace doors and windows. The 212 Stephen St. grant is for $14,650 and will repair the facade, including new siding.

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