We are delighted to hear that the federal government has allocated $4.8 million to continue the study and planning needed to cap the Ike. The Ike is now over 50-years-old and scheduled for major infrastructure work that out of necessity will include replacing all of its bridges over the next decade or so. The cost of this project, while high, is substantially less than it would be to cap the Ike if it was done at any other time and it will be paid for mostly by the federal and state governments.
The benefits to our village are enormous. We will be reunited as a village and those of us living between the Ike and Roosevelt will no longer be "South of the Moat." Our air will be cleaner and the noise from the Ike will be reduced. New parks and retail shopping space will be created. This is a win-win for our village.
Our thanks to all of the trustees and staff and volunteers who have worked over the last several years to encourage the federal and state government to view this as the worthy project that it is and to enlist their help in making it happen. Count us in for work on the next phase.
Eileen Fein, Katherine L. Bezinovich, Marsha Cooper, Jonathan Franklin, Alfred Boots, Marjorie Greenwald, Ray Johnson, Joe Langley, Morris Seeskin, Linda Henson, Beth Volin, Julie Green, Joanne Boots, Barry Greenwald, Brad Bartels, Ethel Cotovsky, Gene Armstrong, Greg Marsey, Bill Merrill, Barbara Wyman, Elizabeth Brady, Ann Armstrong, Jim Boushay, Gloria Merrill, Doug Wyman, Rickey Sain, T.Q.White, Joel Seeskin