Frankfort is seeking community input on Breidert Green and a new water tower and an architect's advice on a third.
Public forums for input on a new stage at Breidert Green is scheduled for Friday and for a new water tower on Oct. 3.
The Village Board this week also approved at least $171,000 in fees for Linden Group, the architectural firm selected to oversee a $3 million expansion of the village Administration building. Frankfort put the brakes on the project when the recession hit, and trustees have been holding their meetings in the police station basement for the past five years.
"It's going to be a beautiful facility, I'm sure, and add to the value of our community," Trustee Todd Morgan said. "This project's been on the drawing board for a long time."
The project cost could reach $4 million if a planned parking lot is also built. Trustees last month approved $357,000 to buy the land for the project at 500 W. Nebraska St., just west of the Administration building.
Residents can get a look at the actual drawing board for the new Breidert Green stage from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday when sketches will be on display during an open house at the Administration Building. The designs for the downtown entertainment showcase will be posted on the village website the same day.
"It is a very important icon in our community," Mayor Jim Holland said of the current stage. "But it is worn, the floor is warped, the doors don't work, it has some electrical issues. Probably most importantly, the roof doesn't protect the entertainers, and we can't fasten lights on the roof and shine back at the entertainers, so it's not very conducive to nighttime entertainment."
The new design looks similar but features a longer roof. If it's well received, Holland said, construction would start this fall.
Meanwhile, the public can comment on the water tower planned for southeast Frankfort during a committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Administration building.
The village plans to spend about $5 million to build the tower and dig wells at 80th Avenue and Steger Road, north of the Frankfort Fire Protection District's Station 4. Trustees bought the land from the district for $150,000 in May, and at Monday's meeting they OK'd $277,178 to have Layne Christensen Co. dig two test wells.
The Village Board also:
* Raised the speed limit from 25 mph to 30 mph on Colorado Avenue east of U.S. Route 45 to Pfeiffer Road and on Pfeiffer north of Colorado to St. Francis Road. Village Administrator Jerry Ducay said traffic studies prompted the changes.
* Welcomed Neil Nunamaker as a new member of the Plan Commission. He replaces John Newton, who resigned citing personal reasons.
* Approved $49,760 for Robinson Engineering for design work on 1,700 feet of water main replacements in the Krusemark, Prestwick and Connecticut Hills subdivisions.
* Heard about the 2nd annual Frankfort Historic Business Association wine walk, which is downtown from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Spokeswoman Rachel Gilmore said the event will feature 18 stops for tasting wine and ales; heavy appetizers; dessert bites; and bottled wine sales. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the event.