ROMEOVILLE – The village has officially entered into an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation for the second phase of building a new train station on the corner of 135th Street and New Avenue.
Village trustees approved the agreement at a board meeting Wednesday.
According to the agreement, the village will dedicate $550,000 from its Motor Fuel Tax Fund to the project. But the state will reimburse the village through a $440,000 Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement grant, covering 80 percent of the cost.
“We’re very excited getting to move forward on this,” Mayor John Noak said, adding that residents have asked him about the status of the project.
The agreement marks the start of the second phase of the Romeoville Metra station project, Noak said. The first phase of the planning was completed, and the second phase will include the design of the station.
Noak said the station and increased service along the Heritage Corridor line were issues residents should pay attention to in 2015.
Village Administrator Steve Gulden said construction is expected to start in 2016, but it depends on how long the design phase takes.
Trustees also approved a bid to install two sludge aeration turbocompressors for the north wastewater treatment plant.
According to village documents, Genco Industries won the bid at $105,740.
The cost of the purchase and installation of the turbocompressors is $371,840, which Public Works Director Eric Bjork said came unexpectedly high. But the village received a $136,600 grant from the state department of commerce and economic opportunity grant.
Bjork said using the grant now and paying for more of the cost would result in energy savings in the future.
The village also announced on Wednesday Romeoville will receive a $400,000 Open Space Land Acquisitions and Development grant for the first phase of a new 31-acre park near the intersection of Weber and Airport roads.
The first phase will include a 30-stall parking lot, soccer field, three half-courts for basketball, two sand volleyball courts, two baggo games, a storm water detention area with native plantings and an overlook with interpretive signage. The final site also will include regulation-size soccer fields, baseball fields, a playground, shelter practice fields, walking trails and parking.
Noak said the park would be one of the largest in Romeoville.
“It’s a big site so that’s why we’re approaching it in phases,” he said.