In other Monday night news, the village council voted to let bids for this summer’s water main replacement project. This is what local governments do. They fix things that mostly we don’t think about, especially pesky pipes under the ground. 

But Forest Park has been ignoring its old and failing infrastructure for way too long. Decades too long. So we take satisfaction in watching elected and appointed officials focusing on the problem, crafting revenue solutions – the new sewer tax to help pay for it – and working a plan that over very many years will bring us into a workable place. 

Like a lot of towns, Forest Park is way behind. But with the climate crisis here, fixing the sewers, separating sewers from rainwater runoff will spare our village a lot of flooded yards and streets, a lot of ruined basements. 

It’s a start. And for that we are appreciative.