Kristin Ottolino of the Citizens Alert Social Media Network sends the following urging people to attend a Zoning Hearing at the McHenry County Administrative Building in Woodstock on Thursday, April 8th from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.
To All Concerned McHenry County Citizens,
There is 4.4 million dollars worth of property in Marengo now occupied by what is being called “The Fraternite of Notre Dame”.
They are located at 10002 Harmony Hill Road.
This a Marengo address, however, before I continue, they are not, I repeat NOT inside the town of Marengo, but rather on the outskirts of town (unincorporated area) and are under McHenry County, not the “town of” Marengo, so PLEASE do NOT contact the Mayor of Marengo regarding this email as there is NOTHING he can do to stop this.
Before you stop reading, if you think this will not affect you as a McHenry County citizen, think again, and keep reading.
They [Fraternite of Notre Dame] have plans to expand to add a school/gym complete with a dorm and a nursing home/hospice center with no plans to allow any use of either facility to the citizens of Marengo.
Additionally, they are proposing a commercial kitchen, a winery, a brewery, and a gift shop all without having to pay property taxes, again, under the guise of being a “church”.
This community is an “order” of a “church” under the guise of being a “Catholic Church”, however they are NOT recognized by neither the archdiosis, the vatican, nor the pope… and they never will be as they were NEVER consecrated by the Catholic Church.
They claim otherwise and this information can be found here and needs to be read by anyone living in McHenry County: http://abc7chicago.com/news/boiler-backstory-on-chicago-nuns-left-without-heat-/544757/ [by Chuck Goudie and other on March 4, 2015].
This organization is NOT paying property taxes for their 106.1 acres they have already purchased as they are “tax exempt”.
This will show the revenue being lost by McHenry County amounting to $298,449.00 to date. Attached is the printout of that lost revenue. Read it for yourself.
All property in McHenry County is divided between ALL taxpayers and must be absorbed by you and me as property owners.
So yeah… you can expect your property tax bill to increase because of this eventually.
But that’s not all…
As they continue to collect donations via “GoFundMe” and receive support for the Austin District in Chicago community they are based out of, they own 4.4 million dollars worth of property here in Marengo.
Here is the website to support that information:
http://www.gofundme.com/NotreDameChicago and I strongly encourage you to read this as well: http://patch.com/illinois/homewood-flossmoor/poor-nuns-own-millions-dollars-land-0
They have plans to bus in “troubled youth” from the Austin District in Chicago.
They plan on housing them in the proposed “dormitory.”
I don’t know if you’ve ever been to, or heard about the Austin District in Chicago, but here are the crime statistics from that Austin District for just one month this year:
If, as a result of this expansion, crime rates reach this proportion here in Marengo, I can only imagine what that will do to our property values. This is my personal concern. I left Chicago over 15 years ago for exactly this reason.
That being said, if you have actually taken the time to check out the links I have already given you, although I have my own opinions on this, I will reserve them here in this “Citizen’s Alert” in order to allow you the chance to form your own opinion.
There have been meetings regarding rezoning this property from “agricultural” to “business.”
There is a really important meeting tomorrow (Thursday) April 8, 7pm – 8pm at 6550 Olson Rd, Union (the Coral Township Building) and those us of who are against this expansion need as many people to show up as possible to stop this.
Also, may I suggest to you if you are a citizen of McHenry County, that you contact your local board members via telephone as soon as possible and let them know your feelings on this matter.
There are 12 votes needed from the board and we only have 9.
The following link (below) takes you to a page with board members phone numbers.
Unfortunately what I do NOT have are the list of who is for and who is against.
I wish I did.
Please call call call!!!!
They are at a board meeting this evening regarding this, so please, if you can, call them tomorrow before the 7 p.m. meeting: https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-board/meet-your-county-board-members