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Forest Preserve Board OKs Romeoville And Crest Hill Projects, Accepts Foundation Donation

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By Jess Samson | WJOL

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board of Commissioners approved two contracts and accepted a donation during the June 13 monthly meeting.

Isle a la Cache preserve improvements: A contract totaling $794,907 was awarded to D Construction for improvements at Isle a la Cache preserve in Romeoville. The work includes construction of a 150-person picnic shelter, a new latrine, parking lot rehabilitation, new walkways, landscaping and other amenities.

Renwick Road sidewalk addition: Also approved was a $62,081 contract with PT Ferro Construction Company for the creation of a sidewalk on the south side of Renwick Road in Crest Hill. The sidewalk will connect Borio Drive and the Arbor Glen subdivision with the trail at Prairie Bluff Preserve. The new connection will create a safer route for subdivision residents who want to access the preserve’s trail. The City of Crest Hill contributed to the cost of the project and the sidewalk is being built on Arbor Glen Homeowners Association land.

Pollinator garden donation: The board accepted a $10,000 donation from The Nature Foundation of Will County to help pay for a pollinator garden at Isle a la Cache preserve. The money was raised during the non-profit group’s seventh annual “Bringing Nature Home” native plant sale held in May. The garden was installed recently and unveiled June 8 at the preserve’s annual “Island Rendezvous.” The garden will not only benefit monarch butterflies and other pollinators, it will provide “beauty, enjoyment and endless learning opportunities to the museum’s visitors for years to come,” said foundation Chairwoman Jamie Donovan. This is the third check presented by the foundation so far in 2019. The two previous donations totaled $15,780 and are being used for nature education and arts and interpretation programs.

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Mayor dismisses idea of hike in Joliet gas tax

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By Bob Okon | The Herald-News

Mayor Bob O’Dekirk this week poured cold water on the idea of hiking the city gas tax.

He also joined a councilman in characterizing council member Sherri Reardon’s discussion of the topic as an attempt to “panic” people.

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Joliet mayor plans town meeting on violence

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By Bob Okon | The Herald-News

Mayor Bob O’Dekirk plans to hold a town hall meeting next week on violence in Joliet.

“I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about the level of violence,” O’Dekirk said at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

A date has not been set, but O’Dekirk said he expected it to be next week and that the city would issue a news release….

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Will County Board to again consider age limit for alternative nicotine products

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By Alex Ortiz | The Herald-News

The Will County Board will vote on restricting the sale of alternative nicotine products to those over the age of 18 at its next meeting.

The county judicial committee approved the ordinance Tuesday, so it now moves to the full county board. At the July county board meeting, members debated whether to put the age restriction at 18 or 21.

While the state’s age requirement is 21, the proposed county law would keep the age requirement at 18. Committee Chairman Tyler Marcum, D-Joliet, said the point of expanding the ordinance to include alternative nicotine products was to give resource officers at high schools in unincorporated areas more “teeth” in enforcing rules against students smoking.

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