Just got this email from a Friend of McHenry County Blog. I asked if I could share it and received permission.
“I’ve followed your blog from time to time, and appreciate your bringing things to light. Somehow you always seem to have an inside track on things and present them publicly… and I am very thankful for that.
“Today I heard for the first time about a move being made to put a Thornton’s Gas Station at the NE corner of Pearl St & 31, across from St Mary’s. Apparently there had been a previous vote by the city council asking for a variance allowing this to happen.
“Although i was not at this meeting, I was told there had been a traffic study on some weekdays in November, studying traffic and that was presented.
“There was also some other data including an increase in city revenue of $300-350k. My two cents here, but wouldn’t that mostly come at the expense of other local gas stations?
“But I digress… when I first heard about this, I went and searched your blog, but did not find anything on it. I did find an article in the NW Herald.
“My position in asking you about this is a purely personal one.
“I actually live behind St Marys, on Grand Ave.
“It’s usually a nightmare to try and turn on 31 as things are, let alone impossible on the weekends.
“Of all the possible places for a gas station in McHenry, this seems the absolute worse.
“There are what, 5 other gas stations within 1 mile of that spot?
“And an increase in traffic that a 24 hour 12 pump station? ugh.
“Anyhow, if you’ve looked into this already, can you please provide a link to your findings? If not, can you please?
“Also, there will be a ‘Neighborhood Meeting’ at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, 6 Feb at 7:30pm. Any help or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.”