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Goreville moves forward on Safe Routes to School project

Posted June 6, 2012 by Joe Rehana in News

The Goreville Village Board met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which payments for the design and drafting of a walkway from the school to the Village Park was approved, moving the project forward despite concerns from a homeowner near the park.

Goreville resident Juanita Broyles submitted a letter of concern at the May 7 meeting and listed septic tank damage, depth of fill, loss of privacy and the decrease in property value due to increased traffic near her home as primary concerns against the construction as it is currently designed.

“Damage to tank and baffles that can occur if they don’t allow enough room between septic and creek,” Broyles listed as a concern for her septic tank. “If they try to fill creek with dirt, to the east of my septic tank and put sidewalk over fill in order to cross creek and road where it has been suggested, it will washout from the force of the water that comes down this creek bed when we have a heavy rain.”

At the May 7 meeting Broyles ask that the board visit the property and take a “long look at it” in hopes of convincing them her concerns were valid. At Monday’s meeting Broyles was upset that she was not contacted and made aware that members of the board had stopped by to view the property.

“Nobody called,” Broyles said. “I did not receive a courtesy call from somebody on what’s going on.”

Mayor Larry Vaughn was not present at Monday’s meeting to address the issue of the courtesy call. Members of the board did stop by to view the property and address Broyles’ concerns but did not meet up with her, it was announced in the meeting.

“I’m not against the sidewalk and I’m not going to tie myself to a tree and protest,” Broyles said. “As far as the courtesy call, I am disappointed I was not called.”

The walkway project was made available through grants from the Illinois Department of Transportations Safe Routes to School program which looks to enhance schools’ and towns’ infrastructure to enable and encourage local students to walk and bike to school and school activities. Goreville Community Unit School District #1 was awarded $247,000 in grants towards the project to build the walkway.

Residents living nearby the park and along the project were notified and requested to speak before the board if they had any concerns. It was not determined that anything further was available for change in the design as the deadline for submission of the project by IDOT was June 1.