CRETE | The Village Board is likely next month to approve a measure that gives up right of way to a parcel of land to benefit a pipeline Enbridge Energy wishes to begin building next year to connect its plant near Griffith to an east-central Illinois plant near Pontiac.
Trustees voted without opposition on Monday to draft an ordinance that would abrogate a public utility easement along the south property line of a 41-acre parcel of land formerly known as the Hartman property.
Final approval could be given when the Village Board holds its next scheduled meeting Jan. 13. Village Administrator Tom Durkin said approval must wait until after village officials hold a public hearing to allow for people to comment on the issue.
Durkin said notices informing people of the time and place of the public hearing will be mailed to local residents in the coming week.
When the land was originally acquired by the village to connect one of the village’s wells that provide a fresh water supply to Ill. 1, a 10-foot easement was set aside.
But Village President Michael Einhorn said the way things have developed throughout the years, the water connection wound up being put on the north edge of the property, leaving the south edge sitting empty.
“We’re going to turn back the 10-foot easement to Enbridge, which wants it for its pipeline,” Einhorn said, adding that the pipeline, “will not interfere with us. We have no need for it.”
Enbridge wants to build a 77-mile pipeline from the Hartsdale/Griffith Terminal through Schererville and Dyer, crossing the Illinois/Indiana border at Sauk Village, then dropping south to Crete and continuing south and west until winding up at the Flanagan plant near Pontiac. Enbridge officials have said construction is scheduled to begin in autumn 2014, and will take 10 months to complete.
In other business, the Village Board approved a measure paying municipal government’s annual fee to the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency in which 70 governments and special service districts pool together to manage and fund their property/casualty/worker compensation claims.
For 2014, the village will pay $202,141, down from slightly more than $214,000 last year and roughly $260,000 five years ago.
Einhorn said he is pleased that the amount Crete pays has been dropping in recent years.
“I just don’t know where we’d be if something weird happened and we didn’t have this,” he said.
Village officials also learned that officials with Misericordia in Chicago want to have their annual Jelly Belly Candy days on April 25-26. Misericordia, which offers help to people with developmental disabilities, will have people selling candy at Main and Exchange streets as a fundraising activity.