After a full 812 days, the bridge on Hortense Street in Kirkland has reopened. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) closed the bridge more than two years ago after noticing some holes in the upper deck. That action set in motion a litany of agencies and procedures to be followed including engineering firms, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), DeKalb County government and others, to determine what needed to happen next.
Once it was determined that the bridge only needed the deck replaced, the Village of Kirkland was able to work with the County to get 80/20 financing to repair the bridge. The funding was made up with 20% or 160,000.00 coming from the village’ motor fuel tax fund, and the remainder coming from the county’s road and bridge fund. The Hortense Street bridge reopened on Friday, November 9th with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Representative Pritchard, the mayor of Kirkland, Les Bellah, Village Clerk Terri D’Amato and others.
The Village of Kirkland has adopted a new Ordinance Regarding the Keeping of Animals. This is a more modern ordinance regarding animals which will specifically allow the keeping of a limited amount of hens.
The Kirkland Village Board passed Ordinance 12-2 at it’s January 2, 2012 meeting, outlining the Procedures for Public Discussion.
AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC DISCUSSION
WHEREAS, the Village of _Kirkland_ (hereinafter, the “Village”), _DeKalb_ County Illinois, is an Illinois municipal corporation; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Public Act 96-1473, the Illinois General Assembly recently amended the Illinois Open Meetings Act (“OMA”), 5 ILCS 120/1 et seq., to specifically require that any person shall be permitted an opportunity to address public officials under the rules established and recorded by the public body; and
WHEREAS, the Village Board has historically always liberally and openly encouraged public comment and discussion at its meetings; and
WHEREAS, the Village Board believes it is in the best interest of the Village to adopt specific procedures for public discussion at its meetings.
‘Historic Kirkland’ calendars to benefit history group
Kirkland Historical Society is selling 2013 calendars of “Historic Kirkland,” available for $10 each . To purchase a calendar, stop by the Kirkland Public Library, Alpine Bank in Kirkland and the Kirkland Village Hall.
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Please remember when parking it is unlawful to block or obstruct the sidewalk with any part of your vehicle. This also applies to any vehicle that is parked in your driveway that might be blocking the sidewalk. Police will be strictly enforcing this ordinance during the summer months as this impedes the foot traffic throughout the village. Any questions or concerns, please contact the Kirkland Police department at 815-522-3315.