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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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City Hires Firm To Search For Joliet City Manager

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The search for a new Joliet City Manager has begun and the clock is ticking. The Joliet City Council on Tuesday voted 5-3 to hire Slavin Management Consultants. They said the process should be wrapped up within three months. Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk is against the idea and said there are local candidates that can do the job. The cost of the search by the consultanting firm is just under $24,000.

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Joliet Police Reminding Residents Of Fines For Shooting Off Fireworks

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As we get closer to July 4th, the Joliet Police Department is reminding everyone that the City of Joliet prohibits fireworks. The violation fines start at $500.

Besides being subject to a fine, fireworks can cause serious, even life threatening injuries. JPD is urging residents to please leave the fireworks to the professionals and attend a community planned event instead.

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Lisle Motorcyclist Killed In Crash In Romeoville

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The Will County Coroner’s Office is reporting the death of James R. Keller, a 25 year old resident of Lisle, who was pronounced deceased at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23rd 2020 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. Mr. Keller was the driver of a motorcycle that collided with another vehicle in the 400 Block of S. Weber Rd. in Romeoville. A Buick driver by a female driver from Romeoville who is 64 years of age and her passenger collided with the motorcycle near Blain’s Farm & Fleet. The driver and passenger in the Buick were not injured.

The Romeoville Police Department is investigating the incident. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th, 2020.

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