From 4- 7 where McHenry County Board committees meet, residents came to see what the county wants to do to Fleming Road.
The initial reaction of many area residents is exemplified by the Post-It Note next to one portion of the aerial photo of the rural highway.
“Leave us along”
Others seemed to be willing to have the county repave the road, but definitely did not want any encroachment on their properties, some of which are quite close to the road.
Improve the base and drainage before re-surfacing said another note.
And, that is the problem that the road presents. Look at this picture of an emergency repair that had to be made this past winter when a snowplow ripped up the four inches of asphalt. There is no base underneath. Just clay at this place in the road.
One woman wondered if it would become a shortcut for gravel trucks. If the road gets improved enough, will such trucks have to be granted access? she asked.
“Bull Valley Road is worse than Fleming,” one person wrote. What he or she probably does not realize about Bull Valley Road is that it is not a county highway. It is maintained (and I use that word loosely for a road that is worse that the cobblestones of yore) by the Village of Bull Valley.
Three county board members—Transportation Committee Chair Anna May Miller, Tina Hill and Virginia Peschke—attended and I saw one candidate, John Jung, who told me some of his former constituents did not realize that he was no longer in office.
More than one message asked the road to be left in its present configuration.
Hidden motives were hinted at by one note. Apparently elected officials at the county level have a credibility problem.
Stoplights were suggested at both the Route 120 and Country Club Road intersections of Fleming Road. A reconfiguration of the intersection to form a “T” at Country Club Road was also suggested.
More information in this earlier story.