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Street repairs top priority in Sycamore budget

SYCAMORE – The city of Sycamore hopes to significantly improve various residential streets and a major road now that its budget is in place.

Sycamore’s balanced budget for the fiscal year that starts May 1 includes nearly $2.4 million in street maintenance as part of the city’s capital program. City Council members unanimously approved the budget Monday.

Overall, city leaders expect to spend $13.8 million in the city’s main operational fund and are starting the fiscal year with a fund balance of more than $4 million, which represents about 29 percent of the year’s planned expenses.

City Manager Brian Gregory said this year’s allocation to the street maintenance program is about $1 million more than in previous years because of the Bethany Road widening project, which is expected to cost about that amount.

Additional maintenance projects for this summer include resurfacing portions of residential streets including Meadow Lane, Lincolnshire Drive, Greenleaf Street and West Stonehenge Drive.

Gregory said he doesn’t anticipate the repairs to be too much of an inconvenience for
residents. They are more likely to notice the widening and resurfacing of Bethany Road between Peace Road and Aster Drive.

“There may be some times throughout where they may be able to drive through,” he said. “But it will more than likely include closures.”

The projects are expected to take about three to four months, he said.

Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy said these street repairs rank relatively high on the city’s list.

“We’re very happy to have a $2 million program that’s a more aggressive program than in the past,” he said.

Mundy emphasized that every street in the city is on the list to be improved, but some take priority.

“We attack the worst of the worst, and that’s what gets done first,” he said.

Sycamore’s budget highlights
• Fiscal year: May 1, 2013, to April 30, 2014
• Total: $61,937,071
• General Fund expenditures: $13,884,958
• General Fund revenues: $13,885,915
• General Fund starting fund balance: $4,071,728

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