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Costs reduced in Elburn vote for Anderson Road extension

Cost concerns associated with the Anderson Road extension were met with little fanfare when the Elburn Village Board of Trustees met Monday to approve a change order request.

The topic was reviewed again after some trustees raised issues with the project last month.

The Anderson Road extension calls for constructing roughly 600 feet of new roadway on the south leg of the intersection at Anderson and Keslinger roads, building a left-hand turn lane on westbound Keslinger and installing and modernizing traffic signals.

None of the trustees spoke on the topic during the meeting, and all but one voted in support of the change order request.

The costs associated with the added phase I and phase II services of the Anderson Road extension were reduced from $74,749.75 to $67,000. Phil VanBogaert, superintendent of public works for the village, explained why in a memo to the village board, saying “as directed by the village board, EEI met with village staff to negotiate a lower price for change order No. 1.”

The lone trustee voting no was Matt Wilson.

Wilson has said he believes the added costs should have been brought to the village’s attention sooner.

Also last month, the village board tabled a resolution to authorize the match of local funds in the amount of $308,933 for the Anderson Road intersection improvements. Trustees voted in support of it this time.

In a related development, the village board was briefed on the status of litigation associated with the Anderson Road extension.

Village Attorney William “Bill” Thomas said the village is closer to acquiring two parcels of land associated with the project.

Hearings were recently held to review the cases, officials said.

“As anticipated, there was no defendant there,” Thomas said.

The appraised values for the two parcels amount to $800 and $52,000, officials said.

Thomas said the village intends to make contact with the Illinois Department of Transportation and take ownership of the two parcels of land.

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