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Worth Mayor Mary Werner will be applying for financial assistance due to the impact of COVID-19 through the Coronavirus, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The mayor and village officials hope that they will receive all of the $262,000 to assist with expenses that have occurred for the village due to the pandemic.
By Joe Boyle
The village of Worth will be the recipient of Coronavirus Relief Fund money to help relieve some of the financial burden caused by the pandemic.
And for Worth Mayor Mary Werner, it couldn't come a moment too soon.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27 by President Trump to combat the impacts of COVID-19.
The state of Illinois is distributing $250 million in federal funds to assist cities, counties and local municipalities of local government to pay for expenses as a result of COVID-19. The money is being provided for local municipalities by Cook County. From that amount, $200 million will go directly to municipalities and counties.
"We're hoping our share will come out to $262,000," Werner said during the Worth Village Board meeting on Sept. 1. "It will be a blessing if it could happen."
The allotment of funding for each municipality is decided upon on the basis of population, businesses and financial impact. Werner has until Dec. 31 to apply for the funding.
Money that is not used by Worth would go to Cook County, which would use it for such expenses as the jail and hospitals.
But Worth officials were in agreement that the village could use all the funding the CARES Act could provide.
"It has been tough," said Trustee Brad Urban. "It has been a rough year."
The board later in the meeting moved the ordinance to the consent agenda. The board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Cook County concerning the provision for Coronavirus Relief Funds.
Urban, who is the head of the public works committee, said that the Normandy Avenue improvement drainage project has been completed. During the past month, the public works department has restored all of the asphalt repairs on the Normandy project where the storm sewer pipe passed. Adjustments were completed on the ditch line inlets, according to Wayne Demonbreun, the village superintendent.
"We have noticed some residents helping out with additional watering, which is a great benefit to the finish product," Demonbruen said.
Bacterial samples collected on July 15 and July 28 by the water department were found to be satisfactory, according to the testing analysis performed by Enviro-Test/Perry Labs Inc.
An analysis took place after it was mentioned at a previous board meeting that some residents were complaining about the two-way stop sign at the intersection of 108th and Neenah Avenue. Neighbors said they were concerned about vehicles that were not stopping and going through the intersection and requested that four-way stop signs should be installed. Neighbors have said they are concerned about pedestrians being struck or collisions that could occur.
After a study was made of the intersection, Urban said that an evergreen tree located at the southeast corner of the street may be obstructing the view of motorists driving east and west at the intersection. Two-way stop signs are currently located at the north and south sides of the street.
Urban said the evergreen tree would continue to grow and will become a problem.
"The tree does impede the sight distance for both northbound and westbound traffic at the intersection and is scheduled to be removed," Urban said.
With the removal of the tree, Urban believes this will alleviate the current problem at the intersection. He said this will allow drivers to easily see traffic at the corner. Urban added at a previous meeting if removing the tree does not solve the problem, they would consider installing four-way stop signs.
Trustee Laura Packwood, who is the head of the golf committee, has made some recommendations on the Water's Edge Golf car lease options. She said the best alternative would be a 60-month lease with EZGo RXV Lithium Ion. The monthly fee per vehicle is $69.98. The lease cost per month would be $297,994.
That would be preferred over the 48-month lease with the same company, Packwood said, because it would be more cost efficient for repairs with the 60-month lease. Packwood added that the batteries for the vehicles would be warranted over 60 months.
"We're better going for a 60-month term because we would be built in for five years," she added.
Some trustees wondered if they it would be preferable to stay with the lead acid options because they would be less expensive. Packwood countered that it would not be as beneficial in the long run.
"The lead acid cars are not as good and the batteries often have to be replaced," Packwood said.
Overall, the Water's Edge Golf Course has done well this past summer despite the pandemic, Packwood said.
"The golf course is doing pretty good right now," she said.
The annual Party in the Park will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 at Gale Moore Park, 109th Street and Nordica Avenue, Worth