WegoWeb, Inc.
527 Claremont
West Chicago, IL 60021
  Contact: Robert Lemon
  Telephone: (630) 231-3152
  Email lemon@wegoweb.net

I don't quite know how I should report this.  It is not my writing.  The questions were posed by Stephen Leffler, a resident of West Chicago, in an email to members of the City Council.  The answer is from an email from City Manager Michael Guttman to Mr. Leffler.  In the interest of clarity, The major sections of both are reproduced here by topic.

1.  Hawthorne Lane

Steven M. Leffler 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.
Michael Guttman That portion of Hawthorne Lane between Arbor Avenue and the UP/EJE railroad tracks is presently scheduled, weather permitting, to receive a one (1) inch overlay commencing the week of June 13, 2005. MFT dollars, in the budgeted amount of $29,000, will used to overlay the roadway. The intent of this is a cosmetic overlay until the road is reconstructed in Spring 2007. Unfortunately, the City does not have enough dollars budgeted to overlay Hawthorne Lane west of the railroad tracks. This portion of roadway will continue to receive routine maintenance activities (i.e., pot hole patching).

2.  Intersection

Steven M. Leffler 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.
Michael Guttman When traveling eastbound on Hawthorne Lane, at the intersection of Hawthorne Lane and Illinois Route 59, the "No Turn On Red" sign has been posted per City Ordinance for the protection of all drivers. The curvature of Illinois Route 59, north of the referenced intersection, limits visibility and the "No Turn On Red" signage has been posted to improve safety and limit accidents. Staff agrees that the hill remaining by the video store adds to the sight limits, but even if it were removed, staff believes that the curvature of the roadway would continue to warrant the turn limits. City staff did suggest to the developer that the hill be lowered, but such would have resulted in further involvement/permitting from IDOT, which may/may not have been successful.

Drivers who are headed southbound can access Lee Road, James Avenue, or Ray Avenue via Ingalton Avenue, south from Hawthorne Lane.

3.  Development

Steven M. Leffler 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.
Michael Guttman  

4.  Bike Path

Steven M. Leffler 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.
Michael Guttman The Great Western Trail, including that portion west of the Prince Crossing Road and the Illinois Prairie Path remains under DuPage County's jurisdiction. City staff supports the idea of improving the Great Western Trail west of Prince Crossing Road, even extending the path to connect with the Geneva Spur near Reed Keepler Park. However, due to a limited budget and prioritization of other projects (i.e., Reconstruction of Hawthorne Lane), improvements and/or extension of the path is presently not within the City's five (5) year plan. But, it is identified as a project within our ten (10) year plan. The City of West Chicago has had, and will continue to have, conversations with DuPage County concerning maintenance and restoration of the existing path.