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City Challenging The State

Posted by wlpo on September 21, 2009

At a time when construction projects are popping up everywhere to try and put people to work, the Oglesby City Council is saying no thanks to a project thru their town.

The council has started a petition for people in the city to sign opposing I-DOT’s plan to widen Route 351 from south of Route 251 to north of Walnut Street because it’ll cost the city up to two million dollars to remove over 70 power poles and sewer and water lines that would be in the way of the project. I-DOT also wants to put in new sidewalks and curb and gutter which will require land acquisition to get easements from dozens of homes and businesses in Oglesby.

Finance Commissioner Paul Danekas said it’s a financial hardship that the city wants no part of. He thinks a prior council back in 2003 signed off on the work with I-DOT not knowing the cost to the city. The attorney for the city Vince Brolley is also going to draw up a letter of opposition to send along with the petition to try and stop the construction project.

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