Contact: Steven M. Leffler
  990 Lakeside Drive
  Telephone: 630-231-5414
  Email sleffler@earthlink.net

Various WeGo Issues

The following is from an email sent to Mayor Mike Fortner, Allan Murphy and a list of other aldermen.

Allan,

As the Alderman at large, and the only guy I know personally, I am addressing this email to you, but ccíing several others folks in the city so they will hear my concerns also. Iíve meant to speak out about several concerns I have had for some time now, but havenít had the chance until today. So now Iím off loading a couple of months worth of comments at once. Please bear with me. They are:

  1. When will Hawthorn be resurfaced? Itís a disaster west of Arbor. Allan, thanks for getting the potholes fixed after we spoke next November, but the whole street really needs attention.
  2. The ďNo right turn on redĒ at 59 and Hawthorn is a complete PITA. The problem at that intersection is that you canít see southbound traffic too well due to a small hill by the video store. So why didnít the city planners insist on leveling the hill when the video store was built? Now, the hill looks stupid sitting there, and we have to sit at that light and waste gas, pollute the environment and feed the middle-east terrorists with our gas $$$s. Itís not too late, letís fix this.
  3. Iím glad to see new businesses coming into town, but have more issues with the city planners, specifically with the new development near the S curve on 59. Though Aldi and Family Video are fine, the brick on the other new buildings along 59 is butt ugly. Nothing we can do about it now, but why wasnít this coordinated as a single planned unit with all of the brick and building styling coordinated? This was an opportunity to make the area look and feel upscale, and now it looks like just another poorly planned development.
  4. This is my most important issue. The improved portion of the Great Western Trail terminates just west of Prince Crossing where it intersects with the Illinois Prairie Path, but an unimproved path continues west under 59 and eventually runs directly north of the Willow Creek subdivision along the ComEd easement. I understand that there will be a road connecting the new subdivision with the Willow Creek subdivision at the empty lot near Wegner. It would be great to have the improved section of the Great Western Trail extended to at least the new street at the empty lot. This would allow everybody in the Willow Creek subdivision, the new subdivision to the north, and all the folks in the apartments along 59 access to a great network of biking and jogging trails. I think this would greatly improve the value of our homes and quality of life. I have started to ride my bike to work (in Glendale Heights) on nice days, but the condition of this trail west of Prince Crossing makes it difficult to travel. As a result I end up riding on some fairly busy and dangerous surface streets.

    Here is a mapÖ

The section I am talking about is the dashed red line directly above the Rt. 59 symbol on the map above. As you can see, if this section were improved, we would have easy and safe access to the Prairie Path network. What would it take to get this done?

Thanks for listening.

Sincerely,
Steven M. Leffler