Progress or lack thereof on the Route 30 widening project was a hot topic at Monday night's Village Board meeting in Frankfort.
Concerns ranged from Trustee Todd Morgan asking about construction barrels still in place on Harlem Avenue south of Route 30 to Trustee Mike Stevens questioning whether the project will finish on time.
"Work will probably wrap up by the end of November for this year," Village Administrator Jerry Ducay said. "I expect the rest of the road construction will be complete by this time next year.
"As for landscaping," he said. "That's probably going to take a little longer."
The massive widening of Route 30 from Joliet to Harlem Avenue started last year and has included rerouting of utility lines, the uprooting of trees and shrubs and some intersection closures.
"On the bright side," Ducay said. "Once finished, we'll have sidewalks and bike paths along the length of Route 30."
In other news:
- Ducay said the first electric bills as a result of aggregation and the dropping of Commonwealth Edison in favor of First Energy should be received by residents in November. Bills should be 25-30 percent less than they had been.
- Mayor Jim Holland said Halloween hours have been set as 4-7 p.m. and the E.F. Bucko Halloween parade is set for 3:45 p.m. at Breidert Green.
- Holland also said nominating petitions for mayor, village clerk and three four-year seats on the village board are now available at Village Hall.
- Ducay said curbside leaf pickups in the village will be starting within the next two weeks. Residents can rake their leaves up to the curb and a vacuum truck will come by and suck them up.