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Minooka trustees thanks employees for help during tornado

Published: Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 10:26 p.m. CDT

MINOOKA – Minooka village trustees acknowledged and thanked village employees, Superintendent of Public Works Rob Tonarelli, Mayor Pat Brennan and Village Administrator Dan Duffy during the Nov. 26 board meeting for responding so quickly to the village of Diamond after the Nov. 17 tornado.

Minooka sent public works employees and equipment to Diamond the following morning to help clear streets and roads of debris and help in whatever way they could. The crew ended up staying the entire week, Duffy said.

“They were clearing roads so people could have safe access back to their homes,” Duffy said.

Brennan said Diamond Mayor Theresa Kernc was pleased to have Minooka’s assistance without even being asked.

“That’s what we are here for, to help other people and communities,” Brennan said.

Distribution company eyes Minooka location

Prologis Logistic Services Inc. received approval in a 5-0 vote by Minooka village trustees on a preliminary and final plat of subdivision for Phase 6 in the Internationale Centre industrial park. Trustee Dick Parrish was absent.

Prologis is parceling off a portion of the property with the hopes of drawing NFI, a logistics transportation and distribution company, to Minooka, Duffy said.

The 80,000-square-foot building is west of the facility where Trader Joe’s will locate in the near future. NFI is an alcohol and beverage distributor, which does a lot of work with Trader Joe’s, Duffy said.

New flood plain map for Kendall County

Some Minooka residents located in Kendall County may need to find out if their property is affected by the new flood plain map redrawn by FEMA and adopted by the Minooka village board on Nov. 26 in a 5-0 vote. Trustee Dick Parrish was absent.

FEMA recently completed the new maps, redrawing the 100- and 500-year flood areas, Duffy said. Grundy County was completed about two years ago.

The maps need to be updated in response to development and build outs.

Since such a small portion of Minooka is in Kendall County, it won’t affect Minooka residents very much, Duffy said.

The maps are required for insurance purposes. Redrawing of the maps could affect a resident either way, Duffy said.

FEMA will be tackling the Will County maps next, which will take some time because of the vastness of the county.

In other business the village board approved adoption, with a 5-0 vote, of Part 910 of the state of Illinois’ noise pollution ordinance.

The village’s noise pollution ordinance was updated four months ago, but it mistakenly excluded Part 910, said Duffy.

“That will complete the adoption of the state code,” Duffy said.

Minooka Mayor Pat Brennan proclaimed November as Community Foundation of Grundy County month, and December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention month.

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