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Proposed Limestone Plaza renovations could see changes

— Fayetteville’s proposed renovations to Limestone Plaza could see some additional changes.

The village hopes to remediate the area to alleviate traffic concerns brought about by increased business. The village has teamed up with the county and the state Department of Transportation, along with engineer Jim Napolean, to figure out what’s best for the area. At Monday’s meeting, engineering firm Barton and Loguidice presented plans to help the village comply with the county’s “Save the Rain” program. The grant funds are distributed to municipalities that are working to save and conserve rainwater. Additions to Limestone Plaza’s previous plans would help do that, the engineers said Monday.

“It’s a great win-win for the village,” Mayor Mark Olson said.

The new parking spaces would be created out of porous asphalt that would allow rainwater to seep through the material. This would help the village control where the water goes, so that it does not overpower the sewer system.

The bump-outs in the intersections would also be constructed with rain gardens. Additional trees will help in the overall green infrastructure, as well as helping to calm drivers on the road.

The application for the Save the Rain grant is due Friday. The village should be hearing back soon after to see if it has received the funding for the drainage aspect of this project.

In other board news:

--There will be two public hearings at the April 9 regular meeting of the Fayetteville village board. The first will be for the budget. The tax rate is expected to stay the same in the budget proposed by Olson last month. The total budget, however, is expected to increase about 1.4 percent. Olson says he has achieved this overall $5.2 million budget without cutting services in the village.

The village will vote to adopt the budget on April 23.

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