In this week’s Landmark we report on an ambitious, overdue, and certainly traffic-snarling water infrastructure fix coming soon to Cermak Road. Undertaken by North Riverside, the laying of new water pipe to replace smaller, 70- to 80-year-old pipe is clearly essential. There aren’t many more basic local taxpayer expectations than free-flowing water service.

The multiyear project reported this week, though, is made possible by the government action taken last week by an almost unanimous village board. After years of timidity about raising any property tax or fee, North Riverside has finally come to understand that not increasing revenues has dire consequences in an aging town. 

So, yes, it will be bitter as water and sewer rates rise starting in September. The alternative? Broken pipes and failure to govern.