Lakemoor posts closed-session minutes after Open Meetings Act complaint filed

Published: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 5:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 11:52 p.m. CDT

LAKEMOOR – The minutes from a closed session discussion of a contentious proposed boat ramp have been posted to the village’s website.

The Village Board agreed to post the minutes and attend additional Open Meetings Act training as part of a settlement over a complaint filed with the state’s Attorney General’s Office, Village President Todd Weihofen said.

The violation was a “technical” one, Weihofen said, adding that the agenda for the Aug. 22 meeting didn’t word correctly the reason the board went into a closed session.

The board discussed a proposed boat ramp on Old Bay Road, which has raised complaints from some of the people who live on the road, and a possible agreement with the village of Johnsburg.

While the road itself falls in Lakemoor’s boundaries and the village is responsible for the road’s maintenance, the residents who live on Old Bay Road live in Johnsburg.

The Lakemoor Village Board has offered that in exchange for not moving ahead with the project, the village of Johnsburg cover its engineering costs and take over the road and its maintenance, Weihofen said.

During the closed session meeting, village board members and staff discussed the possibility that if an agreement wasn’t reached it could result in a costly lawsuit, according to the posted minutes.

The board also discussed the possibility of Johnsburg purchasing Lakemoor’s boat ramp rights and installing a ramp at one of its parks, the minutes said.

The ramp would be accessible to both villages’ residents.

“It’s tough,” Weihofen said. “If we won and we have to maintain it, we have a right to make it a benefit to our residents.”

The site of the proposed boat ramp is the only spot where the village meets the Chain O’Lakes.

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