By a vote of 9-0-1 with one board member out of the room, the Metra Board agreed to purchase a little over 17 acres from a trust half-owned by McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehloer for about $1.5 million.
No meetings were held in McHenry County where the members of the public could express their opinions of the site selected prior to the vote.
McHenry County College officials with whom I have talked knew of no contact that had been made with the college by Metra officials prior to the vote.
The first chance the public has to comment on this regional planning question will be in front of the Crystal Lake Planning and Zoning Commission, because among the pre-conditions of the purchase is annexation to the city and the city’s agreeing to take charge of the facility.
McHenry County Metra Board member Jack Schaffer, whose company has a sign on the property, voted “Present.”