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Plainfield Trustees to Get Update on Lockport Street Bypass

Plus, headlines you may have missed.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Village trustees will get the latest on plans for the Lockport Street bypass Monday at a committee of the whole meeting.

Representatives of Strand Associates will discuss three possible alternatives for the project, progress to date with affected property owners and environmental and other considerations.

Last year, the village paid the Joliet-based firm $93,000 to conduct a feasibility study to analyze several potential routes to build a new road between Lockport Street and Route 126 and the proposed 143rd Street extension.

“It would be just west of Four Seasons Park, and there would be a new road that would connect Lockport Street and extend north to Route 126,” Director of Public Works Allen Persons told the board last year.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St.

Headlines You May Have Missed

Plainfield Independent January 27, 2014 at 08:24 PM
Looks like there's a Village Trustee missing from the meeting tonight. The name of the absent Trustee slips my mind...
Mesut Tepebas January 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM
VP, this is about the broadcast on cable access channel. Sometimes the image/sound quality are really bad. And also -as you mentioned- if you cannot watch it live you have to arrange to record it via DVR or something else. Romeoville has a great system. They post crystal clear recordings of the board meetings on Youtube. They are archived/hosted for free and one can always access them anywhere using any device. Both Oswego and Naperville have similar online video archives of the meetings too. When compared to our peers I wish Plainfield was a leader in adoption of these technologies for transparency and better involvement of village residents. At this point I would be happy we just catch up with them! :( I will be happy to volunteer to make this work. Will you lead an effort to make this possible?
Bad News Bears January 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM
Well, hmmmmmm. It seems the web gets bigger and bigger doesn't it.
Vicky Polito January 28, 2014 at 09:14 AM
M. Tepebas--I've found that the village admin staff is pretty easy to approach. You don't need anyone to lead any effort! Just write to them or go to a meeting and put out a request that they upgrade the meeting recording and distribution methods. I doubt that such an upgrade or changes would require volunteers, either. I do feel that the transmissions are not very high-quality or easy to access when it's NOT meeting time, so the whole recordings out to the web for on-demand citizen review is a good idea. Separately but related, I'd suggest that some of the board really needs to be sure to use the microphones correctly. I've noticed over the past few months of attending meetings that trustees Rippy and Peck don't always speak clearly into their microphones. Sometimes even in the room at the meetings you can't clearly hear what they're saying and they have to make the effort to be sure they're heard. That's the point of having the mics, after all. What I'm saying is don't ask me or anyone to ask the village, YOU can ask! Anyone can ask! I'm on your side, but you don't "need" me or anyone else to advocate for things you want to see improved, right?
Vicky Polito January 28, 2014 at 09:24 AM
I did watch this meeting after recording it from the TV broadcast and found it very funny that near the end, after a lot of awkward talk--but, important, necessary, and valid talk--of the park land that may be involved in the I55 by-pass/interchange project, the park board, and even former PTPD staffer Cam Bettin, etc., that trustee Fay asked Allen Persons to be sure to talk with the park district board sooner than later AND then he said he thought a joint board meeting would be in order! The funny bit? The camera picked up Mayor Collins reaction to Fay. He just stopped drinking his water, turned to look at Fay with a sort of slow-motion double-take, and when Fay finished talking and looked at the mayor, the mayor just chuckled. Hilarious, but I have to say it was a completely reasonable and normal reaction! Heavens to Betsy, as my mom would say.

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