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Fox River Grove opts to not build public works facility on County Line Road

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 12:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT

FOX RIVER GROVE – The village is abandoning its plan to build a public works garage on County Line Road.

The Fox River Grove Village Board this week voted to repeal a special-use permit that allowed a public works garage to be built on County Line Road.

"We no longer intend to pursue that site for the public works facility," Village Administrator Derek Soderholm said.

Instead the village is now looking at building a new garage at the village's wastewater treatment plant on Hillcrest Avenue, Soderholm said.

However, where along Hillcrest, when work would start, the size of the building and the cost has yet to be determined, Soderholm said.

The village has purchased two houses in the area, and is under contract for a third to accommodate the additional building, Soderholm said.

The cost for all three parcels is estimated to be about $400,000, Soderholm said.

Demolition of the houses would take place either next year or in 2016.

The village already keeps its snowplows, mowers and other equipment at the wastewater treatment facility.

When the village approved plans to build the garage on County Line Road in 2010 it was met with resistance from nearby residents, who eventually sued to stop construction.

Soderholm said repealing the ordinance concludes the lawsuit.

The village has no plans at the moment for the County Line Road site, but may sell it with the proceeds going toward the public works facility project, Soderholm said.

Work on the facility never started, however, the village did extend utilities to the site with the help of a state grant. The village has borrowed $3.5 million in order to build the facility, and in recent years has budgeted $3.1 million for construction of the garage.

"We think we can construct a potential facility near the wastewater treatment plant at substantially less cost than the County Line Road would have been," Soderholm said.

Soderholm added the village would position the new garage, along with associated offices, so it allows the village to also complete an expected upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant to meet more stringent standards expected from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Suzanne Blohm voted against repealing the ordinance to build the garage at County Line Road because she thought the move was too soon.

"We are looking into alternatives, but nothing has been finalized," Blohm said. "I prefer to have everything finalized before changing the ordinance."

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