CRETE | The Village Board approved a resolution to gives up the village’s right-of-way to land that will permit an Enbridge Energy pipeline to connect its plant in Griffith to one in central Illinois.
Trustees voted 6-0 last week, which abrogates the village’s claim to a public utility easement along the south line of the Hartman property – a 41-acre parcel southeast of Old Monee Road and Ill. 1.
The village intended to use the 10-foot-wide easement for utility lines to connect to one of the wells that provide a fresh water supply to the village.
But village Administrator Tom Durkin said officials later found other places to put those water lines, thereby making the easement unnecessary.
“We don’t need it anymore,” Durkin said.
The issue was approved by trustees with little discussion, although the issue had been discussed in great detail previously.
Village President Michael Einhorn said Enbridge wants to use the land in question to permit a 77-mile pipeline from the Hartsdale/Griffith Terminal to the Flanagan plant near Pontiac. Construction is expected to begin in autumn, and will take about 10 months to complete.
The pipeline would go through Schererville, Dyer, cross into Illinois at Sauk Village, then turn south to Crete and continue south and west until reaching the central Illinois plant.