Clipped From The Daily Herald
No consensus on Hough St. project by Mary Rowitz Herald ataH writer After repeatedly failing to reach a consensus on how much money to spend beautifying Hough Street, Barrington trustees Monday night postponed approving the project. By a slim margin, trustees three weeks ago decided to spend $500,000 to install trees, ornamental traffic signals, lights and signs, sidewalks, an oversized storm sewer and a plaza at Hough and Main streets during the renovation project. That number was pared from an original estimate of $679,000. But Trustee Theodore J. Forsberg, arguing that the main intent of the project is to improve the flow of traffic through town, on Monday said the village's share should be pared further, to $350,000. Referring to a proposed utility tax to pay for the work, Forsberg said the amenities should be done on a "pay as you go basis." TRUSTEE T. KRIS Kolner also supported spending $350,000, saying the project would be "prudent and still trendsetting." "Frankly, I'm disappointed," Village President David F. Nelson said. "We came up with a compromise, and now we're slashing it again. We're cutting the heart out of the project." With Trustee William M. Lee Jr. absent, the board deadlocked on Forsberg's motion to approve the project with $350,000 in amenities. Nelson and Trustees Trustees also deadlocked on Ryan's motion to apr prove the project with $500,000 in amenities, with Forsberg, Kolner and Trustee George B. Foy dissenting. Forsberg later proposed that the village spend the full $500,000 on the amenities as long as a utility tax is not implemented, an idea that failed to receive any support. Following several other motions, Nelson eventually suggested that the board reconvene for a special meeting on Nov. 3, when Lee will be present.