My wife refers to the Crystal Lake Park District as the “Crystal Lake Park and Real Estate Company” because it owns so much property in Crystal Lake.
Now comes the Transportation Committee and Department saying it wants to buy property for a salt dome in the southeastern portion of McHenry County.
Of course there are two township road districts–Nunda and Algonquin–with property in the southeast portion of McHenry County.
Will those seeking a new location for salt suggest an intergovernmental agreement with either of these townships?
It doesn’t seem so, because the building being discussed in secret session right now is a really huge building next the Eisenmann office building. (Maybe it even surrounds the office portion of the Eisenmann complex on three sides.)
I don’t know how many square feet the County Board is considering buying in this Crystal Lake location, but it seems to be large enough to put all the offices in the current Administration Building, as well as many vehicles are one could imagine being needed to do highway work in the southeastern part of the county.
Maybe some county officials are even thinking about putting a regional courthouse on Virginia Street Road just east of Main Street.
This is a major purchase being considered.
There is no reason for the discussions to be held in secret because there are no alternative buyers.
The structure has been vacant for years.
And it certainly is far, far too big for supporters to use a salt dome for a rationalization.
Oh what a juicy campaign issue will be created if the County Board takes a roll call vote before the fall election.