Dieterich Moving Ahead on Series of Projects

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Published on March 8 2013 2:46 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Dieterich Village Board members have taken the next step on their journey toward further improvements in the downtown area.

The Board has approved a joint agreement with IDOT for a Main Street enhancement project.  The work will involve improvements along the east side of Main Street and both sides of Virginia to the Veterans Memorial.  The project is progressing slowly because of the State's lack of funding, which also leads to delays on approval of the various phases of the work.  The Board also approved a design engineering agreement on the work with Milano and Grunloh of Effingham, and discussed curb and gutter installation and utility relocation work along Virginia while the other work is underway, but reached no decision.

Dieterich Village Clerk Brittny Gipson, who also oversees economic development for the village, said the redevelopment work should begin in the spring of 2014.

The Board also obtained an extension from the IEPA on completing an expansion of the village sewage lagoon.  The work must now be completed by December 2015.

Dieterich board members approved three site plans for expansions at village businesses, the three being James Backhoe, Gardenscape Contractors and Niebrugge Lumber Company.  There was also discussion of increases in water, sewer and trash bill late fees.  The Board discussed either a 10% increase or a $5 increase.  The late fee is currently $3.

The Dieterich Board decided on the layout for the parking lot in North Pointe Park to be developed with help from grant funds, and also accepted a quote for guttering on the pavilion in the park.  Board members also authorized Gipson to get quotes on codification of village ordinances, which she says last occurred in the 1940s. 

The Board donated $1,000 toward the cost of a defibrillator for the Dieterich Fire Protection District, and agreed to help with repairs to the driveway at 306 North Pointe Drive after problems occurred with the sidewalk.