Montgomery County

Village buys property, seeks cannabis and sidewalk grant input

The Village of Palatine Bridge has purchased a strip of property adjacent to the village municipal building.
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The Village of Palatine Bridge has purchased a strip of property adjacent to the village municipal building.

PALATINE BRIDGE 

The Village of Palatine Bridge agreed to pay $32,500 for a strip of property adjacent to the village municipal building which may be used for DPW storage, additional parking at the village hall, or a green area. The village board is mulling over its choices.

The board signed a contract with the former private owner and submitted a $1,000 deposit.

“I would expect us to close on it in August,” said Mayor James post.

The village board has discussed the potential purchase for months, and Post noted that the small strip of land could easily tie into the existing property on either side — the village municipal space and a DOT-owned green space which is maintained by the village.

“We’ve decided there’s potential there for the village,” said Post of the property.

The board first made an offer to purchase the land — which was not accepted — about a year ago.

The board is also seeking input on potential future cannabis sales in the village. If a storefront is opened in the municipality, the village will receive four percent of tax earnings.

Residents have offered no feedback on the topic since the board has placed the topic on the regular meeting agenda over the last five months.
“There are parameters set up that if you opt-out” of marijuana sales, “you have to take steps, and that takes time,” Post said. “We’re trying to get input.”

The board also intends to pursue grant funding aimed at extending the sidewalk on the western end of the village from the Town of Palatine Municipal Building to Price Chopper plaza.

“Many people walk that way,” along the currently dangerous stretch of roadway, said Post, who explained that the board wants to make that path safer for pedestrians.

If the project moves forward, water and sanitary lines will simultaneously be upgraded. “It would all come together by doing the work at one time,” said Post, noting that while the $1 million project has been designed, the village is currently working with Lamont Engineering on further plans.

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