Looking forward

By on January 6, 2012

Maple Park plans improvements in 2012 to prepare for future
by David Maas
MAPLE PARK—While continuing to deal with limited finances in 2012, Maple Park officials still hope they can make the improvements the village needs.

“We have several important projects for 2012, including improvements to water mains, a new water well and water tower, improvements to waste water treatment systems, and pending approval of a tax increment financing district,” Trustee Suzanne Fahnestock said.

While the village views all of these projects as important, they know some warrant priority.

“The most important project is the water main, and the other projects that focus on the well, tower and waste water treatment,” Fahnestock said.

In 2012, the village is working on improving these systems for its current residents, as well as possible future growth.

“While we have adequate water supply and waste water treatment for our current residents and businesses, we do not have the additional capacity to keep up with future growth,” Fahnestock said. “We made significant improvements in 2011, but we need to continue to make improvements to the water mains, wells, water towers and waste water treatment systems in 2012.”

While the village knows what projects it needs to accomplish, actually accomplishing them won’t be as easy.

“The biggest challenge regarding the various water systems and services is the need for funding,” Fahnestock said. “In 2011, the village was successful in applying for funding from both the county and the state. In 2012, we will continue to pursue funding options for these improvements to our water systems.”

As well as improving the water system itself, the village will also continue to work on other means to improve storm water and flooding issues.

“We will be reviewing and reworking ordinances in the village, in order to reflect better storm water management and land use policies,” Fahnestock said.

The sooner the village addresses these needs, the sooner the village can start to grow.

“Currently, the village has developers interested in commercial and residential development, but those projects will require the upgrades and additional capacity in our water systems,” Fahnestock said.