Dog park, skate park among things considered for Lake Zurich 5-year plan

Dog park, skate park among ideas so far

  • Dana Rzeznik

    Dana Rzeznik

  • Tom Poynton

    Tom Poynton

Updated 11/24/2012 3:30 PM

Lake Zurich village board members next month are expected to consider a five-year capital improvement plan tentatively pegged at $26 million.

Considered to be a blueprint or a wish list for the village's future, officials said having a project in the plan doesn't mean it'll be funded and accomplished. Ideas for the long-term capital spending plan range from a dog park to traffic signals.


After reviewing portions of the 146-page document at a meeting this week, the village board agreed to bring it up for a vote Monday, Dec. 3. Some of the elected officials raised questions on certain items not being in the plan and were given extra time to forward their ideas for possible additions to Finance Director Jodie Andrew.

"I have to say that I am very impressed with this document," Lake Zurich Trustee Dana Rzeznik said. "As I was reading through it, I had questions and then I turned the page and my questions were answered."

Possible expenditures from the park improvement fund include building a dog park in the 2014-15 budget year. That project has a preliminary estimate of $35,000.

Construction of a skate park also is on the capital improvement plan for 2014-15 at a potential cost of $55,000.

Trustee Tom Poynton questioned why the plan didn't have a place for a village fishing pier, amphitheater, warming huts and other park improvements that had been sought in an unsuccessful application for a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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"My impression is that this is a giant wish list," Poynton said of the five-year plan, "and let's put the wishes into the list, even though we may not get them all. We can prioritize them like we have on other things."

Some proposals would be paid for from the village's non-home-rule sales tax fund. The initial leg of a sign replacement program and new traffic signals on Midlothian Road could run a combined $695,705 in the 2013-14 budget.

Andrew said the capital improvement plan would be revised annually.

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