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Hinsdale officials consider replacing underground fuel tanks and a $40,000 village welcome sign

The Hinsdale village staff is proposing replacing the underground fuel storage tanks behind the public services building and their monitoring system as part of a capital projects budget for the next fiscal year, which begins May 1.

The manufacturer guarantees the two underground tanks, located at 225 Symonds Drive, until 2020, but some of the key systems and controls are failing, public services director George Peluso said Tuesday.

The village buys gas at wholesale prices to use in its police, public services and other vehicles. It also sells gas to Clarendon Hills for use in its village-owned vehicles, and to Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181, the Gateway Special Recreation Association and other nonprofit agencies, Peluso said.

The staff estimates replacing the tanks, piping and concrete could cost $324,000, but will talk to officials of Clarendon Hills and the other organizations about sharing the cost of the work, said village anager Kathleen Gargano.

Other proposed work is resurfacing the tennis and basketball courts at Peirce and Brook parks and converting two of the four tennis courts at Brook into pickle ball courts, at an estimated cost of $145,000.

The village Parks & Recreation Commission wants to standardize the benches throughout the parks and recommended a design similar to the ones in Burlington Park. The village staff suggests spending $30,000 to replace benches that are worn out or need repair in the upcoming fiscal year. The bench design they chose costs about $1,500 apiece, parks and recreation department supervisor Heather Bereckis said.

To attract more people to the community pool in Hinsdale, the commission also wants to add a climbing wall, at an estimated cost of $17,000.

A new camera surveillance system is recommended for the police station to monitor the holding cells, the booking area and the interview rooms, as well as the exterior, estimated to cost about $120,000.

Other capital expenses proposed for the Police Department are a new fingerprint identification system for $30,000 that would be integrated with county records, and replacing the camera systems in the eight police vehicles, estimated to cost $70,000.

The staff recommends replacing six of the 74 village-owned vehicles, at an estimated cost of $299,000.

The staff also anticipates spending $76,000 to rehabilitate one of the three wells the village maintains as backups in case water is not available from the DuPage Water Commission due to an emergency.

One project that generated some questions, because of its $40,000 price tag, is installing a new village sign on Ogden Avenue at the northeastern entrance to the village. Instead of the small, wooden elevated signs that greet people coming into the village, the Economic Development Commission chose a larger ground sign made of pre-cast concrete, trimmed with fieldstone and red bricks.

“It’s a beefy-looking sign,” Peluso said.

The sign would be installed on the north side of Ogden, where the Cook County Forest Preserve District sign is.

Because of the cost of these projects, the Village Board would have to approve them individually before they can proceed.

Since 2010, the village has been transferring $1.2 million from its corporate fund to a capital reserve fund each year to pay for capital improvements. The projects proposed for next fiscal year total $1.8 million, but the staff anticipates there will be about $967,000 in the fund carried over from this year.

The Finance Commission asked the staff to prioritize the projects and identify those that are critical.

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