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New Expenses Arise for Weiland, Lake-Cook Studies

Buffalo Grove officials agreed to spend more money to help move the projects forward.

Buffalo Grove officials signed off Monday on $467,000 in unexpected engineering costs associated with the .

But, they added, the village will ultimately pay only a fraction of that amount.

About half of the expense will be used to complete a study of Lake-Cook Road between Hastings Lane and Raupp Boulevard. The $241,000 will be fully reimbursed by the Cook County Highway Department, officials said.

The remaining $226,000 will be used to complete the first study phase of the Weiland/Prairie corridor from Lake-Cook Road to Route 22. Lake County will reimburse the village for about 83 percent of the cost, leaving Buffalo Grove’s portion at $38,421, Public Works Director Greg Boysen said.

Studies regarding environmental factors and noise walls account for the additional cost. Noise walls are proposed along both corridors to create a barrier between traffic and nearby homes. Residents who would be impacted by traffic noise will ultimately vote on whether noise walls are installed.

The expenditure was approved 5-1. The dissenting vote came from Trustee Andrew Stein, who questioned whether the additional cost had been included in the village’s budget, and whether additional expenses could arise. 

“Do we foresee any more unforeseen expenses?” he asked.

Boysen said no additional expenses are expected. Village Manager Dane Bragg said capital reserve funds will cover the new expenses until the reimbursements arrive.

JDS March 10, 2012 at 05:22 AM
The Trustees are determined to turn Buffalo Grove into a "pass through" town with these expansions! The residents have met with the village and developer repeatedly in meetings to expressed their DISAPPROVAL of these multi-million dollar road expansions that will only serve to get drivers to their homes in the NW and W suburbs faster. There is NO BENEFIT to Buffalo Grove with these developments! We will have to PAY MORE MONEY to expand our roads to help other towns! The Trustees have failed to protect our community, have forced us to spend money on road expansions that will NOT financially benefit us, and have rejected our concerns of these projects! The Trustees have turned their backs on their citizens! Even if the Village plan included these expansions on paper, the Village nullified them when they approved the residential and commercial developments built along the streets of Weiland and Lake Cook Roads! EVERY resident in BG should protest the Trustees' actions by writing and calling them! They need to learn we are a force not to be dismissed! They have a responsibility to us and should be held accountable for voting to spend over $450 THOUSAND dollars of our taxpayers' money on construction we have repeatedly argued AGAINST! The Village President has failed in his leadership duties to the taxpayers of Buffalo Grove! Every citizen needs to act NOW to stop this senseless spending by our Village leaders! Don't wait for someone else to act. YOU need to act NOW!
Chet Lemonade March 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I live in Buffalo Grove and drive on Weiland Road everyday, and I am so in favor of this plan that they can't get this project going fast enough. You might be against it, but you don't speak for everyone, and I highly doubt that you even represent the majority of people in Buffalo Grove.
RELENTLESSCRITIC March 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
We already are a pass through community, and that won't change. People have, and will continue to use those roads to get to and from work- the same way BG residents pass through other towns. Weiland and Aptakisic can't accommodate the volume of traffic, so it becomes gridlocked. That affects residents who live in the area. Since there is no way to discourage the traffic, the right thing to do is improve the roads and fix the traffic flow so that it is not such a mess.
JDS March 11, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I don't know if you have been to the village meetings about this project, but we who have learned this will cost us about $3-4 million dollars out of our pockets to accommodate people passing through to other communities. There isn't any benefit to Buffalo Grove residents, otherwise I might be in favor of it. I am not interested in paying more taxes just to help other people in other towns get home faster. I don't think they can build these expansions without greatly affecting the people who live on Weiland Road and whose backyards butt up to it. I don't kow if people are aware these plans include the forced removal of some families from their homes through a legal veil of "eminent domain". This legal move allows a town government to force a family to sell there home at the government's pre-determined price or be forced out of their homes without any money at all. Multiple BG families are scheduled to lose their homes to help other communities' residents get to their destination faster.
JDS March 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Even though the article indicates Buffalo Grove residents will only be required to pay a $38,421 bill (out of the total current cost of$467,000) for continued studies, I don't understand why we are paying for continued studies when the development company incorrectly conducted the first Weiland and Aptakisitc road traffic congestion problems due to the trains. Their initial study was taken at the wrong time because they did not conduct it when the roads were affected by school children getting to school. I do not agree with paying more money to a "study" that was conducted incorrectly by professionals in the first place. Additionally, IL is broke so I don't really believe our town will be reimbursed in a timely manner so we, the BG taxpayers, will have to carry the expense of this additional study for a long time. I don't agree with paying out more money to conduct a study that will have a negative result. If you picture Weiland Road and Lake Cook Road in your mind, there is not a way for the village to expand either road because of current residential communities. If this plan for expansion was in effect for 20 (+) years by now, then the village should not have permitted these residential developments in the first place! People have bought townhomes on Lake Cook Road and homes on Weiland Road in good faith they would be able to live there until they choose to leave. It is not right to force people to lose their homes for the convience of other communities.
Chet Lemonade March 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I have not been to the meetings, but I remember reading somewhere that it will cost the village over $20 million to maintain/resurface Weiland Road if they don't take advantage of the federal dollars available. As for your inference that this project won't benefit BG residents, I think you are completely wrong. You keep saying that BG residents don't use this road and that it is a pass through road. Where do you come up with that? Do you have actual data or is this some magical knowledge you aquired? I know plenty of BG residents, including myslef, that sit in traffic for long periods of time on Weiland Road and Lake Cook Road. Frankly, I am sick of it. We need road improvements. As for the people who bought houses that back up to a busy road in which improvements were planned for the future... If you didn't want a road in your back yard to be improved, you shouldn't have bought a house that backs up to a major road.
Art March 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Debbie, you are so off base on a couple of critical issues here. One, you insist that only residents of other communities will benefit. Wrong - I live in BG, and drive Weiland Road and Lake Cook at rush hours, and sit in bumper to bumper traffic. The result of that congestion is 1)wasted time, 2)wasted gas, 3)excessive pollution for those homes that are adjacent to these roads, 4)bad business image for companies that are located here or considering it. Second, anyone that bought a home that backs up to a main road like Weiland should have done their due diligence and seen that there was a likelihood that such a road would get widened due to increased traffic over the years. That's why I chose not to buy one of those homes. Is it better for those homeowners to hear and smell the idling engines of cars and trucks sitting in that congestion? Third, while it is correct that some homes that currently do no back up to the roadway will be affected, did they honestly think that they would never have anything built in the empty land behind them? Perhaps they'd prefer an expansion of the Pet Motel with the barking dogs, or a composting facility instead? Have you seen the commercial and residential properties that are affected? They are already an eyesore. People need to understand, the traffic is ALREADY there, our roads need to be able to handle it!
Jeff Lieberman March 12, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Debbie. Keep up the fighting spirit. There is traffic on Weiland and Aptakasic and other roads but only at certain hours of the day in the morning and evening. This grand plan that the Village has to obtain upwards of $100M from the federal government and Lake County to expand the roads and build new roads is completely unnecessary. They are not seriously considering viable alternatives to upgrade roads and intersections that would alleviate other residents concerns about delays and traffic while still maintaining a safe and sensible community. The Village and the engineers they hired for this are basing the need for a four lane Weiland and pass through on projected population and traffic data for 2040 that assumes Route 53 will be expanded. Route 53 is anywhere from a done deal yet the Village is pursuing this Weiland/Prairie expansion regardless and even before seeing if the BG Rd expansion will on its own allow traffic to flow better. From my viewpoint this is just an attempt to structure the project to a size that allows it to qualify for federal funds and go for a massive overhaul of our community when the roads could have and should have been maintained properly for many years leading up to this. Further, this does nothing to help resolve the East/West traffic situation and the train gridlock. In fact, it will make it worse by forcing eastbound traffic on Aptakisic to the new road and blocking the current Prairie Rd. Please reach out to me on facebook.
JDS March 12, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I don't think we're talking about the same area when I said people would be forced from their homes through eminent domain. I was referring to the people who live on Weiland Rd near Pauline. It may be easy for you to say the buyers should've considered these issues before buying their homes. The fact remains, Weiland Rd between Lake Cook Rd and Aptakisitc Rd can't be turned into a four lane road without negative impact to AJHS, to the people who would lose their homes on Weiland, nor to the Veterans Memorial the Village approved just a few years ago. Picture the long stretch of road with the pre-existing residential, school, and Park District developments. Now try to picture this same part of road widened to FOUR lanes! Where are they going to put the four lanes without affecting these areas of our community?!? Do you really think it is right for people to lose their homes to accommodate increased traffic twice a day? Do you think it's OK for a village to affect the safety of our school children by expanding a road closer to the school which has been there for years? Do you feel the Village should negatively affect the War Memorial dedicated to all who have served this nation, many with their lives? I don't think these results should have to happen just to expand a road. I had children who went to AJHS and I was a Major in the Army. I would not want either side of Weiland road to be sacrificed for a road, especially when they are going to expand BG Rd!
JDS March 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Your comments about the pre-exisiting businesses isn't appropriate. These are viable businesses that have been employing people and paying taxes for years. How they look should not be a factor in the Village Trustees' decision. I also don't think they are part of the Village in the first place but I could be mistaken. I have not heard from the owners of these businesses and homes on how they feel about the expansion. They might want to have their places bought out through eminent domain so I won't try to speak on their behalf. However, to say the construction of this new road is OK with you because of the type of businesses and the condition in which the homes look is wrong, especially in these hard economic times of the past years.
JDS March 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Thank you for your positive feedback. Like you, I feel the Village Trustees are wastefully spending money on an additional study when they need to focus on the expansion of Buffalo Grove Road. They have commented in the Village meetings they see expansion of this are to be more feasible and less adverse to surrounding homes, businesses and schools. The ONLY part of the Weiland Rd proposal I think is a good idea is the expansion of the road SOUTH of Lake Cook Rd to connect with BG Rd. They should expand that part of the road to a four lane road and put traffic lights on both ends of the road. The major setback however is I believe Wheeling has jurisdiction of this part of the road, not Buffalo Grove. At least in this area, the homes are set back from the road and no one would be forced to lose their home because of the improvements. This change would also stop people from cutting through the Walmart parking lot to achieve the same result- to get directly from BG Rd to Wieland without having to go onto Lake Cook Rd and having to wait for three stoplights.
RELENTLESSCRITIC March 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Sorry, but that area is a mess for long periods of time every day and is a huge inconvenience for those of us who drive it. The situation won't get better by ignoring it, and improving BG road won't significantly impact it either. This needs to be done.
JDS March 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I just wonder if your opinion would be different if you were one of the families scheduled to be forced out of your home for an improvement to a road?

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