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Down well does not affect water availability

Minooka gets distracted driving ordinance

MINOOKA – Although Minooka is down one water well right now, officials believe it will not affect the community.

Superintendent of Public Works Rob Tonarelli told the Minooka Village Board on Tuesday night the motor in the village well on Ridge Road has ceased working and will cost $15,000 just for the service call. If the motor is bad, a replacement will cost $130,000 or more depending on if the village goes with a rebuild or new motor.

The well’s motor is nearly eight years old, Tonarelli said, and has taken a few lightning hits. A new motor comes with just a one-year warranty.

While the well is out of service, there’s no need for concern over water availability.

“We have two deep wells and two shallow wells,” Tonarelli said. “Plus a connection with Channahon if we ever need it.”

Distracted drivers will be fined

If you are caught using any type of electronic device that isn’t hands-free while driving within Minooka village limits, it’s going to cost you.

A new ordinance, approved Tuesday, defines distracted driving and sets a dollar limit for administration costs at $60 per offense.

Distracted driving is considered the use of any hand-held electronic communication device while driving, including phones, personal digital assistants and mobile computers.

It does not include global positioning or navigation systems integrated into the vehicle.

The ordinance does not apply to reporting an emergency situation or continued communication with emergency personnel, according to the ordinance.

A driver using a hands-free or voice-operated device, including a headset, or a device activated by pressing a single button, is allowable as are two-way or citizens band radios, according to village records.

Minooka police issue about six distracted driving citations a week, Police Chief Justin Meyer said Wednesday.

“The Minooka police traffic safety initiative is to reduce the amount of traffic crashes of years past. One of the strategies is distracted driving enforcement,” Meyer said. “While conducting a traffic crash analysis, distracted driving within the vehicle was the most contributing cause of the traffic crashes.”

Hotel gets sign variance

Holiday Inn & Suites, planned for Ridge and Bob Blair roads, will be able to erect a 65-foot sign to attract customers traveling on Interstate 80.

Trustees approved the sign variance, which was requested through the Planning and Zoning Committee and taken under consideration by the full board, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said.

“This will be a big marketing piece of that whole [project],” Duffy said. “[The sign] will be seen for several miles on I-80.”

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