HUNTING LODGE/SUBDIVISION REQUESTS APPROVED
A large crowd packed the Bond County Boardroom Tuesday night as the board approved several zoning requests. Langham Outfitters was granted a special use permit to operate an archery and muzzleloader hunting lodge on the old Propellex property in northern Bond County. Additionally, Gary Laurent was allowed to place a double-wide manufactured home on that site. Laurent and his wife will live on the property and organize lodge activities.
The county board gave its approval to Ron Ferris' preliminary plat for the 8-lot Whispering Oaks Subdivision on Governor Bond Lake. Ferris had also requested the fifteen acres be rezoned from A-1 to R-1. The board gave its conditional approval to that request. The rezoning will be allowed provided that the final plat is accepted. Several in the audience expressed concerns about the extra traffic on Stowe Road which leads to the proposed subdivision. That road is governed by LaGrange Township and not the county.
All of these requests had been heard and approved earlier in the evening by the County Zoning Board of Appeals.
WORK AT PATRIOT’S PARK PROGRESSING
The work at Patriot’s Park is about to enter another phase. The rip rap took less than two weeks to complete and Kingsbury Park District director Jerry Sauerwein complimented Lake Rip Rap as a great contractor to work with. Sauerwein told the park board Monday night that they will now begin drawing down the level of the lake around six feet to allow for the dam rehabilitation to begin. The deepest part of the lake is between 15 and 18 feet. It should take about twenty days to reduce the lake level to the desired point.
The park district is pleased with the numbers at the pool. Sauerwein indicated that both the gate and concession receipts are up from last year. He attributed the improvement to the work of pool manager Janice Barth. The pool will be open until Sunday August 20 and then close for the season.
The KPD board went into closed session for around twenty-five minutes to discuss personnel and pending litigation. No action was taken following the closed session. The district has two upcoming court dates for hearings on suits in which they are the defendant…August 22 for the Wayne Stief suit and September 18 for the Warren Kennedy suit.