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Joliet denies agreement with Crest Hill

Brock A. Stein | 10/18/2017, 3:31 p.m.
The City of Joliet has denied approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Crest Hill for intersection improvements ...
The City of Joliet has denied approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Crest Hill for intersection improvements at Gaylord Road and Division Street. Google Earth

The City of Joliet has denied approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Crest Hill for intersection improvements at Gaylord Road and Division Street.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Joliet would have been responsible for traffic light upkeep and maintenance on the north leg of Gaylord Road and the west leg of Division Street.

While the City of Crest Hill shouldered the cost of engineering and construction of road improvements including new traffic light installation, city council member Larry Hug said that Joliet residents have been unhappy with Crest Hill’s decision to allow the construction of warehouses across from residential neighborhoods.

“I still get complaints from not only Joliet residents but a smattering across the street from the east side of Gaylord from Crest Hill residents,” said Hug who said that Joliet officials were “cool” to the idea but had no say in the matter. He said that the city did request that Crest Hill usher truck traffic to the east on Weber Road but that suggestion was also denied.

Hug said that the city’s public service committee voted 3-0 against entering in to the agreement with Crest Hill.

“This doesn’t stop Crest Hill from doing what they do at the intersection but we don’t feel it’s good for residents who live near there,” he said.

He said that taking on the maintenance expenses for the traffic lights “would just be a slap in the face of the residents who are very vocal against the industrial park right in the middle of a residential area.”

Jim Trizna, Director of Public Works, estimated that the annual cost of maintaining the new lights would be around $2,000.

The council voted to deny the agreement with council members Pat Mudron and Mike Turk voting against the denial. Turk said that the improvements would increase safety at the intersection.

“For the cost of maintenance of the signals it provides our residents with protection,” said Turk.

Photo: The Joliet City Council on Wednesday voted to deny an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Crest Hill that would have required them to pay for the cost of maintenance for new traffic signals at two legs of the intersection of Gaylord Rd. and Division St. (photo: Google Earth)