Frankfort trustees got a double dose of good budget news this month.
A mild winter may help salt away savings, and the village saw a rise in monthly state tax payments.
"Sales and income tax revenues are once again up, and that's very pleasant," Mayor Jim Holland said.
Frankfort recently received $404,387 for its share of October sales tax receipts, a nearly 23 percent increase over the same time a year earlier. The village's income tax distribution from September was $147,845, a more modest increase of about $3,000.
At the same time, the sparse snowfall the area has seen this winter should mean substantial savings from the $230,000 to $250,000 Frankfort typically spends on road salt.
"We definitely are gong to have enough salt," Village Administrator Jerry Ducay told trustees at their Feb. 4 meeting. "This year we'll probably spend half that."
With some accumulation finally arriving recently, Ducay reminded residents to clear sidewalks for schoolchildren walking to bus stops. Just don't throw the snow into the street, he said, because it only creates more work for village plows.
Police Chief John Burica added that when at least 2 inches of snow falls, parking isn't allowed on Frankfort streets until they are cleared.
Burica also said Frankfort will soon join Nixle, a free service that allows public safety agencies to send residents email and text message alerts. Subscription information will be sent via the village's current email alert system.
A Valentine's Weekend event on Feb. 17 at Breidert Green caps the village's six-week season of Winter on the Green festivities with chocolate fondue delicacies.
Meanwhile, the village will host its annual meeting for homeowner and townhome associations at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in the lower level of the police station. The meeting is designed to inform association board members.
Jim Morrey, president of the Hunt Club Condominium Association, came to the Village Board's Feb. 4 meeting to ask about his new neighbor, Mariano's grocery store. Mariano's, at 21001 S. LaGrange Road, will open at 6 a.m. March 5. The store, the upscale grocer's ninth Chicago-area location, will offer prepared foods, cooking demonstrations and an in-store cafe.
Ducay said the store's parking lot lights are designed to prevent light pollution outside the store property. He agreed to meet with Morrey to discuss the possibility of planting trees to aesthetically improve condo sight lines toward the store.