Channahon Trustees give developer preliminary approval for 4-house subdivision

Residential subdivision would be along east side of South Ford Road

Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.
Channahon on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Joliet, Ill.

Village trustees gave a local developer the go-ahead to continue plans for a small, four-house residential subdivision along the east side of South Ford Road.

Bill Vessel brought his concept plan for Four Oaks subdivision to the Village Board for a concept review Monday. His plans are to build each home on lots of about an acre, south of the Heritage Lakes subdivision. The fronts of the houses would face South Ford Road, and either individual driveways or a single drive that would branch into four driveways would exit onto the street.

Vessel might ask the village in future presentations to zone the property in a way to construct accessory buildings or detached garages on the lots, which he said are desirable accessories in today’s housing market.

The developer said the houses likely will be mid-sized, executive homes.

Channahon also might be looking for part-time maintenance help for its village hall and police department buildings. One full-time staff member currently handles the more routine aspects of the job, down from two in previous years, Public Works Director Edward Dolezal said. An additional staff member is needed, he said, to help with the more nonroutine jobs, like occasional drywall patching, washing trash cans, deep-cleaning, steaming carpets, washing windows, sanitizing surfaces and cleaning refrigerators.

Dolezal brought trustees a contract for an outside firm to provide the services three days a week, for $1,863 a month on a month-to-month basis, but the board asked him to consider local people for the job, consider whether the work could be done two days a week and to come back to the board at a later date with the information.

The Village Board on Monday did ratify a three-year contract with low-bidder Constellation NewEnergy, to supply electricity to village street lights.

“This is the lowest they’ve been in nine years,” Village Administrator Thomas Durkin said.

Trustees also approved purchasing new audiovisual recording equipment from Intelligent Video Solutions at a price not to exceed $16,000 for the police department’s interview room and complaint room.

Police Chief Shane Casey said the VHS, DVD, tube TV system was old and problematic, and new equipment is necessary to maintain proper chain-of-custody evidence procedures.

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