Some see holes in road work project

RANTOUL -- Roads, streets and sewer lines are getting a makeover in a major road improvement project, but it hasn't been all smooth.

Village leaders are telling residents, they made a mistake. A trustee asked the village to reroute it around his property and people had a problem with it.

The sewer project, in Broad Meadows, is a year-and-a-half in the making. The village made a verbal deal with the trustee to reroute the sewer line around his property.

Taxpayer money paid to move the line, so neighbors felt it was done under the table.

"I'm not afraid to admit when I'm wrong and when I say we should have written an agreement, I mean it," says village administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh. "Did we do anything wrong? No. Did  we make mistakes? Absolutely. And I take full responsibility for that."

The problem was brought up to the village board.

"If we could do it over again, we should have had a written agreement with this trustee in place, just so people knew there wasn't anything going on," stated Fiegenschuh.

Fiegenschuh says government officials are held to a higher standard and the village should have been mindful of who they were doing business with.

He commented, "As government officials, we want to be as transparent and open with our residents because we work for them and this is their money."

The trustee has 90 days to pay back about $17,000 for the extra survey work.

The storm sewer part of the project is nearly complete. Officials expect it to be done in two weeks.


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