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New Lenox Star (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, New Lenox, Illinois Sewer capacity a major Issue for Manhattan development museum continued from Page a-1 the areas first such museum but they need More answers. Trustee Russ Loverude was designated to meet with society members to get some facts and figures. A a in a enthusiastic about it a said supervisor Guy sell a but i do not want to go into this blindly. Before we take a step off the Cliff we have to know where we Are the historical society plans to Ink an agreement with officials of the Forest preserve District of will county for use of its preserve land but it has not discussed the Issue of ownership with them. A it seems natural for new citizen continued from Page a-1 its too bad she could not make it Long enough to get it a said Ancel. A a that a what makes it so but the dinner was to go on. Ancel said she and Many other vow members planned to attend the chamber dinner. A i miss it for the world a she said. According to Bev Ferris executive director of the chamber family members planned to accept the award on behalf of Mietsner. A i wish we could have Given it to her in person a said Ferris. A but we re glad she knew about the award prior to her in announcing the citizen of the year on nov. 30, Ferris called Mietsner a a very dedicated when interviewed a few Days before her death Mietsner said she was a a overwhelmed by the Trail continued from Page a-1 township of Rich and the Illinois department of natural resources. When All is completed the Forest preserve District will own 13 of the 21 Miles of Trail he by Susan Demar Lafferty new Lenox police last week concluded their investigation into allegations three new Lenox Community Park District commissioners violated the Illinois open meetings act. The matter is now in the hands of will county states attorney James Glasgow. Latrina Blair a spokeswoman for Glasgow a office said the Case was a still under review As of late Friday afternoon. A a they re taking time and looking at it closely a she said. New Lenox police commander Dennis Klier would not comment on the Case. His department worked in cooperation with the states attorneys office in con by de Pilolla the Lincoln Way High school District 210 Board of education approved the 1999 tax Levy thursday night requesting a to percent increase in funds Over last years Levy. The Levy is the amount of Money school officials believe they need to operate the school for the fiscal year and must be filed by the last tuesday in december. The total Levy amount i Enox township to own it instead of will county a said Loverude. A this is a Good Opportunity for the township to work closely with the historical society. The Money they have raised so far shows a tremendous More than $170,000 has been raised for the Effort to Date and Lori Lindberg society member said the group has been a overwhelmed with donations of labor. She believes the museum will not make a a big Dollar a i think we will have the Money to do what we need a she told the town Board. With much of the labor to create the museum expected to be donated she said the society should have enough funds left to Start an endowment to build on Honor. A there Are Many More people who deserve this More than i do a she said then. She was nominated by the ladies auxiliary of which she was an Active member for 50 years. A she did a lot for this Community a said Ancel. She became a charter member of the organization in 1949, and her husband the late Carl Mietsner was Active in the vow. Mietsner was known As the Kitchen chairperson at the vow for several years organizing the popular Friday fish frys As Well As weddings and special events. Additionally she organized memorial Day services at a local cemetery and planted Flowers and placed flags on veterans Graves. For Many years Mietsner assisted with the loyalty Day Parade worked As a Volunteer during proud american Days cooked luncheons for the Pat served As girl scout cookie chair said. This most recent Extension is under the management of the Forest preserve District. A we have a working relationship with All villages except new Lenox a Hodgdon said. A now that the Trail is through and people realize the benefits we Hope the sentiment will ducting the investigation after several sources reported the incident. It will be up to the states attorney whether or not charges will be brought against commissioners Dale Larson Robert Mckenna and Mike of Neill. The three publicly admitted they travelled to Springfield in Early november to meet with representatives of the Illinois association of Park districts and said they did not Tell the other two Park Board members Tom Lewis and Cheryl Mison. No notice of the meeting was posted As required by state Law they said. According to the Law Public notice must be Given for All meetings by posting a copy of the requested is $26,313,213 this year compared to $23,843,164 last year. The percentage increase sought by the District is based on estimated expenditures As Well As on the value of taxable entities said assistant superintendent of operations Joe Davis. Because of the tax Cap however Lincoln Way officials do not expect to receive the full to percent increase requested. Rather they expect to receive for the future. A a it a a Feather in someone a hat to work on this project a Lindberg said. A a it a one of the most positive things in be seen happen Here. People Are enthused about having a government entity take ownership of the museum would guarantee its longevity Lindberg said. A we worked hard on this a she said. A we would like it to go on for the society plans to move the Schmuhl school building which has been vacated by new Lenox school District 122, from the Southeast Comer of route 30 and schoolhouse Road to the Northeast Comer owned by the Forest District. The town Board will continue its discussion of the project at its january meeting sell said. Man and prepared dinners for township Highway workers during snowstorms. According to Ancel Mietsner had been unable to work at the vow for the past three months. A we missed her and Well miss her even More now a she said. A she knew a lot about this Kitchen that Well have to learn. A i worked with her for Many years. We were the oldest Active members a Ancel said. A and now she left Mietsner was born in Rochester minn., and when her parents died moved to new Lenox to live with her aunt and Uncle or. And mrs. Irving Ruder. She attended new Lenox Grade school and Joliet Central High school. She was married to Carl Louie Mietsner from september 1949 until his death in 1982. She is survived by her four children Marsha Carl Mic Mark and Mary Ann and six grandchildren. Long before the Trail was in place new Lenox residents voted in a non binding referendum not to allow the use tax dollars to support the project. New Lenox police however will respond in an emergency. A a it a not an impediment to us a Hodgdon said. A but it would be Nice if they rescinded that notice at the principal offices of the body conducting the meeting. A meeting is defined As a any gathering of a majority of a quorum of the members of a Public body held for the purpose of discussing Public the three contend they were not discussing specific business but sought advice from the land on How to work together As a Board and How to resolve financial problems. Mckenna cited an exemption in the state Law that allows for closed sessions for matters of violations of the open meetings act Are a criminal offence a class c Misdemeanour punishable by a Fine up to $1,500 and 30 Days in jail. 1.75 percent of the increase requested plus dollars generated by new growth in the District which Art exempt from the Cap. A District taxpayers should see an Overall drop in their tax rate a said Davis. A because of new growth in the District people should actually pay the tax rate is used to figure individual tax Bills which include financial requests from Many governmental bodies including schools. By Barbara v. Dargis there Are a number of issues involved but the future of what could be one of the largest residential developments in Manhattan seems to hinge on whether the Village can provide enough sanitary sewer capacity. Village officials will not commit to How Many sewer tap on will be available beyond a maximum of 400. But the Developer Isnit making any promises either. Keith Blais of v3 realty co. Would not make a commitment last week As to How Many tap on to the system will be used if the Village goes to the expense of extending the sewer. Both sides however say they Are confident the sewer and other issues can be worked out. Oak Brook based v3 is proposing a Large scale residential development on 215 acres of property owned by the Sweedler family. The property lies both East and West of Cougar Road. It extends to Brown Road on the South and to the Chicago Milwaukee St. Paul amp Pacific Railroad on the East. The proposed development is named Leigh Lindridge and Blais by Carter Nelsen special to the Star although the Effort to form a new Village in Homer township suffered a severe blow last week proponents of incorporation said they Arentt giving up yet. They were however vague about their next move. The will county Board thursday rejected plans to create a 31-Square-mile Community called Homer Prairie effectively blocking any incorporation Effort for at least one year. And several Homer Prairie supporters predicted that not enough unincorporated land will remain by that time to create a viable Village. A there wont be anything left a said Laura Burke a member of the committee to incorporate Homer Prairie. But the committee was not ready to give up after thursdays decision. Pam Meyers the groups Leader said members would meet with their attorney to decide what comes next. A we do have other options a Meyers said after the county Board meeting. A i just done to know what they lawyer Michael Chmiel who represents the committee declined to comment. Board members voted 16-10 to reject the incorporation plan deciding that Homer Prairie would Lack a sufficient property tax base to support Basic services and its planning did not coincide with the county a master land plan. Under Illinois Law the Board had to decide the Issue on those two criteria but Board members said they based their votes on various concerns. Among them was a worry that developers and Farmers who own Large tracts in Homer township could see their property become part of the Village without their input. Said he Hopes to Start infrastructure work in the Spring. Nothing concerning the subdivision has been finalized or approved however. The Manhattan plan commission has taken the matter up at several meetings attempting to work through critical details according to commission member George Rushing. The conceptual land use plan that came before the Manhattan Board of trustees at a meeting tuesday shows a mixture of single family lots t6wn houses and duplexes. As proposed the Overall density is fewer than three units per acre Blais said. The single family component of the development which shows a minimum 7,800-Square-foot lot area with a minimum Side Yard setback of 7 and 1/2 feet is troubling to some Village trustees. Village code Calls for a 10-foot minimum Side Yard setback officials said. A fifteen feet is too close a said trustee Len Vallone referring to the total space that would be Between two houses if the proposed setback variance were approved. Trustee Frank Forsythe also a i do believe you Are forcibly annexing these people a Board member John Gerl a Joliet told incorporation supporters. The county boards decision presents an almost insurmountable obstacle for the Homer Prairie group. It had hoped to get the proposal on the March 2000 ballot a plan that required approval from both the Board and county courts. The group filed an incorporation petition nov. 4 with circuit court judge William Penn who was set to decide dec. 20 whether the proposal could go to a referendum. But thursdays Board vote Means Penn almost certainly will toss the petition out of court. Without the boards of Penn cannot allow the Homer Prairie plan to appear on the March ballot. Under state Law once Penn dismisses the groups petition a one year moratorium on incorporation in Homer township will take effect. In defeating the Homer Prairie plan Board members complained that its supporters tried to Rush their proposal past the Board without getting enough input from residents and landowners. And some members said the pro incorporation group failed to involve leaders of surrounding communities such As Lockport and new Lenox in its plans. Those municipalities opposed the proposal saying it interfered with their Long Range plans for expansion into Homer township. Lockport mayor Frank Mitchell was pleased with the outcome of thursdays meeting. A for my residents who have invested in the future growth of our Community it at least temporarily ensures their investment a Mitchell said. In an i Ltd hour attempt to save the Homer Prairie Effort Board member Kathleen Konicki a Homer township tried to delay a disagreed with the proposed 7 and 1/2 foot setback. Forsythe suggested expanding the proposed size of the single family lots thereby allowing More space for Side Yard setbacks by eliminating a few of the 353 total lots shown on the plan. The discussion Between Village officials and Blais was at All times cordial and both sides talked of a Compromise a but one a a assurances Blais said he is seeking is that the Village will undertake an expansion of the sewer system. It is estimated that the Leigh Lindridge development would need some 650 sewer tap on. The Village Engineer estimated that the villages sewer network at its present size could accommodate an additional 400 tap on excluding the capacity that is reserved for the Foxford subdivision. Blais said he cannot Market the property to builders until there is an Assurance from the Village that the sewer capacity will be available. He said so far no builders have shown interest. Blais said he Hopes that enough details can be worked out that the plan commission can conduct a Public hearing on the proposed land use plan in january. Vote a seeking to give supporters an extra week to discuss with local municipal officials the possibility of reducing the size of the proposed Village. But despite recent talks Between the incorporation group and municipal officials Little agreement seemed Likely any time soon. The Board shot Down Konicki a proposal. Before the boards decision Konicki predicted that a a a not vote would mean the end for incorporation supporters. A a it a Over for incorporator a she said. A there is no More leverage for incorporator or anybody else to bring the municipalities to the All eight democrats on the county Board voted against the Homer Prairie plan leading township supervisor Ronald Svara a Republican and an incorporation Backer to imply that partisan politics played a big role. Svara suggested that the i democrats opposed the Effort because county executive Charles Adelman a Democrat \ lives in Lockport. A the executive lives in Lockport a Svara said. A clock port a against it. The democrats All voted no. That san amazing coincidence Isnit it a but almost half the boards Republican members also voted against the measure. Marianne Kozlik a Bolingbrook Republican was absent. Adelman called Svaras claim nonsense. A if they can find anybody in be talked to and asked to vote one Way or the other ill kiss their butt at state and Madison a ill buy them a Steak dinner a he said. 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