SG Village Board listens to resident concerns

By on August 9, 2013

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board trustees on Tuesday listened to the concerns of village resident Patty Smith, who spoke about how someone’s vehicle had blocked her driveway during last month’s Corn Boil.

“Luckily I was off work that day so I didn’t have to go anywhere,” she said.

Trustee Rick Montalto gave her a suggestion on what to do if she can not get out the driveway all day.

“Call the police, because there is an ordinance for blocking driveways,” he said.

Village President Sean Michels also suggested that she use banners or caution tape to prevent blockage of her driveway.

Smith also informed the board on the issue of people talking on their cell phones while driving by schools, especially since students will go back to school later this month.

Smith pointed out that there are 14 school crossing “shadow people” signs, but no signs that tell people not to use cell phones by John Shields Elementary School.

“The parents going in and out of the schools are constantly on the cell phone,” Smith said. “And they’re not paying attention to the kids crossing the street or the people coming out of their driveway.”

Smith said someone had told her something inappropriate “when I told her about getting off her cell phone.”

Montalto said that it is a state law that people can not use cell phones in a school zone.

Police presence to warn violators, as well as a reminder on the electronic board, will be stationed on Route 47 at the start of the school year.

Mallard Point residents Vonda and Rob Phillips also spoke during the Village Board meeting, albeit to voice a much different concern: a proposal to bring in a wetland path near their home.

The couple have lived in Sugar Grove 21 years and said they paid a premium on their property.

“We want to keep (our property) private,” Vonda said. “We want to keep it safe. We want to keep it clean.”

According to Rob, the wetland path would go directly in back of the couple’s property.

“So, that’s our concern—that if it is there, that we could lose privacy and also a huge security issue.”