Third on McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller’s list of highway projects for which he sought reactions from the four applicants for appointment to the rest of just-resigned Metra Board member Ken Koehler was financing an intersection at Route 23 with the Tollway.
Gottemoller pointed out that McHenry County taxpayers were already financing a study of such a project that was being run by the City of Marengo and that he had met with city officials two weeks before last Thursday’s meeting.
Answering first this time was Crystal Lake City Councilman and financial advisor Cameron Hubbard.
“I don’t know the facts, so I can’t give you an answer,” he said.
“What would be relieved in other areas?” he asked.
Tom McDermott, who served as Sales Manager for Arnold Engineering in Marengo, commented on the problems that would occur in Downtown Marengo [where Routes 23 and 20 intersect].
“[There] will be another problem,” he observed, saying that “a by-pass around Downtown” would be needed.
He said “a lot more information [would be] needed.”
“I think it’s good for the County.
“It will open up the western side of the County,” McDermott concluded.
Custom home builder John Reinet’s reaction was
“It would just open us up.
“It would alleviate the taxes.
“It’ll get us to the highways.”
Union banker Jeff Thorsen, who is a veteran Crystal Lake City Councilman, was the final applicant to address the new intersection question.
“I’m not sold at this point.”
He explained that he was considering “stewardship of the County from an agriculture and conservation viewpoint.”
Thorsen is concerning about “balance.”
“If it is an economic windfall for Marengo, then it would be good for McHenry County, too.
“Marengo believes it is going to be something very well for their community.”