Lansing adds parking space in downtown Ridge Road district

2013-11-24T00:00:00Z Lansing adds parking space in downtown Ridge Road districtGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | The village has sold a house it owned next door to the previous Village Hall and acquired land for more parking in the downtown Ridge Road business district.

Trustees voted 6-0 on Tuesday for a measure that approves the sale of the house at 2945 Ridge Road and the purchase of land at 3245 Ridge Road.

Jack Eggert owned the land at 3245 Ridge Road, and Village Administrator J. Wynsma said he contacted municipal government earlier this year to inquire about buying the house.

The deal approved by the Village Board is an exchange of properties, with Eggert adding in $60,000 to balance out the value of the house. The land was assessed at $40,000, while the house was valued at $100,000, Wynsma said.

The village-owned house stands next to the one-time Village Hall building at the corner of Ridge Road and Chicago Avenue. The house has sat empty in recent years, but once was used as storage space for village archives. It was deemed expendable when local government moved to the current Village Hall at 3141 Ridge Road. The records once stored in the house are now kept at the Village Hall.

The old Village Hall is still owned by municipal government, and Wynsma said it is not currently on the market.

As for the land, officials intend to use it as a village-owned parking lot for Ridge Road businesses between Burnham Avenue and State Line Road, said Village Attorney Timothy Lapp.

In other business, Wynsma told the Village Board the agreement negotiated with Verde Energy USA to supply electrical power to Lansing residents saved those residents $39,000 in July and $45,800 in August, the first two months the deal was in effect.

The deal was the result of the electricity aggregation measure Lansing voters approved in the May municipal elections.

Wynsma said he hopes local residents who opted out of participating in the rates negotiated by Verde, of Norwalk, Conn., with Commonwealth Edison will reconsider. He said residents wishing to be included need to contact Verde and ask to be included in the Lansing, Ill., program.

Officials also paid tribute to Ken Straka, who has retired following 23 years on the municipal payroll as a village building inspector. Village President Norm Abbott praised Straka as someone who has been devoted to Lansing for decades, including 54 years as a member of Lansing Lions Club.

Straka said he plans to move to Charlotte, N.C. and a retirement community so he can be closer to family and friends.

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