Construction is expected to begin next month on a one million-gallon water tower in Frankfort.
"It will take care of the present needs, and it will also take care of any (development) that's going to take place in the future," Trustee Dick Trevarthan said.
The Village Board voted unanimously Monday to hire Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. to build the tower for $2.5 million. A second firm bid $4.2 million for the project, which is expected to take nine to 12 months.
No audience members addressed the issue at the meeting, though officials said there previously had been complaints that the tower at 80th Avenue and Steger Road would mar the bucolic view for nearby residents.
"I hope people understand this tower was needed in the southeast corner of the village. It had to be where there is a 12-inch water main," Mayor Jim Holland said. "Engineers picked the spot … It is the right place."
The tower will be 151 feet tall, 20 feet shorter than an existing village water tower near LaGrange Road. The project, estimated at about $5 million, also calls for digging a pair of wells.
Initials tests in recent weeks indicate the site is capable of producing 600 gallons per minute. Village Administrator Jerry Ducay said that's short of the ideal rate of 1,000 gallons per minute but in the same range as other village wells. Additional tests are planned.
"No matter what happens with the wells, the water tower is proceeding," Holland said.
The site is designed to boost capacity for water service and for firefighting. Trustee Todd Morgan said siting such projects is never easy.
"These things are necessary," he said. "We make these decisions, and a lot of times they're driven by engineering. I think it impacted, hopefully, the smallest amount of people it could have impacted."
The next big project on the drawing board is an expansion of the Village Administration Building. It would provide a new home for Village Board meetings, which have been held in the basement of the police station for the past five years. Sketches of the expansion were set to be unveiled this week.
The Village Board also:
•Approved a resolution supporting a federal agency's proposal to tighten safety regulations regarding rail transport of hazardous materials.
•Noted that the village portion of state sales tax collections from June jumped more than 15 percent over the same month a year ago. Automobile and grocery sales led the surge of nearly $65,000.
•Announced that the Police Department's Safety Trunk or Treat event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Breidert Green. The event, which starts with a costume parade, had been held on Halloween, but officials said having it on Saturday would eliminate after-school transportation hassles.
•Reported that branch collection will cease next week with the start of leaf collection.
•Recognized the village's receipt of the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau's Municipal Leadership award, which cited Frankfort's strong contributions to regional tourism.