Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Theater is on target to open at the end of 2013.
If you've driven down Route 47 near Route 34 you may have seen some construction going on. The large walls going up inside the Countryside Center will be home to the new Kendall Crossing Movie Theater. City administrator Bart Olson said construction is moving along "smoothly" and the theater is expected to open at the end of the year. Earlier estimates pin the opening for November. Ground was broken for the theater back in January and construction started in mid-april. The 38,500-square-foot theater will have 10 screens and is expected to include digital projection and sound and be capable of showing 3-D films on each screen. The theater will also include one screen that has the capability of screening IMAX movies. The theater will be …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The city of Yorkville is awaiting a detailed construction schedule.
The long delayed River Road Bridge construction project may come to an end as early as the beginning of July, according to a city official. "Staff did estimate at last month’s Public Works Committee that the bridge could be open by July 1 if all else goes smoothly," said city administrator Bart Olson in an email. "However, that’s our estimate, not the contractor’s." SEE: Photos of Blackberry Creek Dam Removal The bridge, which shared an abutment with the Blackberry Creek dam, was closed in 2011 after officials noticed a crack in the abutment worsening. They had planned to remove the dam, replace the bridge and restore traffic by October of 2012. That deadline wasn't met due to delays moving electrical equipment.
Friday, February 8, 2013
City Administrator to discuss ways for businesses and the city to work together.
United City of Yorkville Administrator Bart Olson will meet with area business leaders Tuesday to discuss ways to improve the business climate and opportunities within Yorkville at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Cobblestone Bakery and Bistro. Topics will include ways in which businesses can work with the city and how feedback received by the chamber can be used by area businesses to improve services. The luncheon will begin with a networking session at 11:30 a.m. followed by the meal and program at noon. The meal and program is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members.
Friday, August 10, 2012
The bridge that sits on River Road west of Route 47 likely won't be open this year, city officials said.
Motorists probably won't be able to take River Road from west from Yorkville this calendar year, Yorkville officials announced Friday. The bridge, which shared an abutment with the Blackberry Creek dam, was closed last year after officials noticed a crack in the abutment worsening. They had planned to remove the dam, replace the bridge and restore traffic by October. That deadline won't be met due to delays moving electrical equipment, Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson said in an e-mail. Crews will start utility relocation about 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. "They will be working only during third-shift for two weeks to relocate the utilities near the bridge," Olson wrote. "They have had major problems with relocation planning and will be…
Monday, May 7, 2012
City leaders met to discuss the construction project last week.
Last May, the River Road bridge was closed down after a growing gap was spotted in the west abutment. Now, a year later, the bridge that goes over Blackberry Creek will undergo construction to make it once more available to motorists later in the year. “A preconstruction meeting was held this week. I am pleased with the project's progress and the tentative construction schedule,” said Yorkville Mayor Gary Golinski. City Administrator Bart Olson said the project will begin at the end of May with utility work, erosion control and other minor measures. “The demolition of the bridge will take place in mid-June,” Olson said, with the actual reconstruction beginning at the end of July. And as for the dam that shares the bridge's deteriorating …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce recaps its annual dinner, which was Feb. 23 at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Editor's note: I'd like to thank Chamber Executive Director Sherri Farley for providing this news release and Fontanez PHOTOGRAPHY for providing the photographs. Click here to see the Patch article about the event. The Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all those who attended their Annual Dinner on February 23 at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club. Sponsored by Old Second National Bank, the dinner was attended by approximately 145 members and guests. Social time with healthy and tasty appetizers courtesy of Networking Sponsor, Rush-Copley Medical Center, was followed by a delicious filet mignon dinner, abundant networking, and a program presented by the YACC Executive Director Sherri Farley, President Bill Mahaney, Vice President …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Aldermen OK agreement to bring popcorn, frozen yogurt vendors to park; more leases could be coming.
Yorkville aldermen approved a lease this week that will bring two concession vendors to Bicentennial Riverfront Park, as city leaders discuss a few other proposals that could place small businesses in city facilities. Mayor Gary Golinski said leasing extra city space can help small businesses get started while providing some revenue for Yorkville. “In this economic climate, we have to be open to new ideas that generate revenue without taxing our residents more than they already are,” Golinski said in an e-mail. “If more opportunities present themselves in the coming months, I'm sure the city council would be interested in exploring them.” These types of leases are new for Yorkville, although not uncommon at other levels of government, City…
Monday, May 9, 2011
Yorkville will hold its Kayak Attack to mark the official opening of the Glen D. Palmer Dam canoe and kayak course.
The United City of Yorkville is celebrating the grand opening of the Glen D. Palmer Dam canoe and kayak course this Saturday. But already the new course has made an economic impact on downtown Yorkville. This March, inspired by the new kayaking and canoeing facility, Geneva Kayak Center rented space in a city-owned building and moved its business to 301 E. Hydraulic, right near the Glen D. Palmer Dam. It's this kind of impact that City Administrator Bart Olson had hoped for while the new kayaking facility was being planned. "I do expect the facility to draw in other businesses," Olson said. "They may not all have to do with kayaking or canoeing, but they will come to the city to take advantage of the additional traffic that the facility …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
In an effort to reduce expenses, the Yorkville Public Library announces shortened operating hours starting May 1.
The Yorkville Public Library will shave 12 hours off its weekly hours starting May 1 and eliminate its Sunday hours during the summer as part of a series of budget cuts. The library also is reducing its supply purchases and part-time staff hours. And a part-time maintenance man decided to donate his time, Library Director Michelle Pfister said. She hopes the measures are temporary in light of the poor economy. “The full-time staff are going to have to step up to the plate and help out,” Pfister said. The revised operating budget, which library board members approved last week, anticipates $736,950 in revenues and $1,060,275 in expenses, for an overall deficit of $323,325 for the fiscal year starting May 1. The library operations fund is …
Friday, April 15, 2011
Ward 4 Alderman Diane Teeling and Yorkville Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Lynn Dubajic suggested a few fundraisers at Thursday's Park Board meeting.
Yorkville might find a way to pay for bike trails yet. Efforts are underway to privately raise the city’s 20 percent match for state grants to build trails along portions of routes 34, 47 and 71. The first goal is to raise about $116,000 to cover the 2.5-mile section of Route 47 the state plans to rebuild first. The city’s Park Board gave a green light to Ward 4 Alderman Diane Teeling and Yorkville Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Lynn Dubajic, who detailed their ideas Thursday night. Teeling presented the idea, with support from mayor-elect Gary Golinski, in light of the $1 million bond referendum that failed last week. Yorkville residents voted 1,517 to 1,199 against allowing the City Council to issue bonds to cover …