The council voted unanimously to apply for funds from the North Central Council of Mayors Surface Transportation Program (STP), which would allow numerous renovations and improvements to Jackson Blvd. between Harlem Ave. and Desplaines Ave.

The village applied for just over $2.5 million in funds, and would match 30 percent of that cost, pitching in just over $775,000, as well as an additional $77,000 for work not eligible for STP funding.

Village Administrator Michael Sturino recommended that the funds come from the village’s motor fuel tax allocation as well as an Illinois Transportation Enhancement grant for which the village recently applied.

At this point, Mayor Anthony Calderone explained, the village is merely applying for the funds and is not under obligation to commit to the project or to spend any of its own money. “This is a resolution just to get the application in. We don’t have to exercise the project, but at least it’ll put us in the pipeline,” he said.