County Going After Quick-Take Condemnation for Highway Work

The McHenry County Department of Transportation seeks approval to condemn property for highway improvements using what is called “quick take.”

Quick take allows governments to seize property and argue what it is worth later in court.

River Road at Dowell

A public hearing will be held in the McHenry County Administration Building at 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, Illinois at 6:00 p.m. on February 9, 2017, for the purpose of discussing the intent of McHenry County to request approval of legislation by the General Assembly authorizing McHenry County to acquire properties necessary for the improvement to the intersection of River Road at Dowell Road, located in Nunda Township Illinois, by eminent domain using “quick-take” powers under Section 20-5-5 of the Eminent Domain Act, 735 ILCS 30/20-5-5. The subject properties are defined and legally described as follows.

Details here.

Randall Road

Randall Road

A public hearing will be held in the McHenry County Administration Building at 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, Illinois at 7:00 p.m. on February 9, 2017, for the purpose of discussing the intent of McHenry County to request approval of legislation by the General Assembly authorizing McHenry County to acquire property necessary for the improvement along the Randall Road corridor between Harnish Drive to the south and Acorn Lane to the north, located in Algonquin, Illinois and Lake in the Hills, Illinois, by eminent domain using “quick-take” powers under Section 20-5-5 of the Eminent Domain Act, 735 ILCS 30/20-5-5.

Details here.


Comments

County Going After Quick-Take Condemnation for Highway Work — 21 Comments

  1. Still ramming the roundabout down our throats one way or another!

  2. Rotaries are cheaper because they don’t require traffic lights. They eliminate the possibility of a t-bone traffic accident so they are safer. They are easier to create and require less maintenance.

    Rotaries are the fiscally responsible and safe choice for road improvements.

  3. That intersect is a tad dangerous and a roundabout would be the best overall.
    The Johnsburg roundabout saves about $400k in fuel each year as compared to traditional intersections with signs or lights.
    Also that are is already been modified from it’s original state, if done properly it could even improve what was done wrong it the past.
    The resident there seems to be more about me me and less what’s good for us us.

  4. Let’s not forget the area around Dowell is a floodplain.
    Roundabouts usually require more road surface, which reduces the amount of water infiltration.

    The roundabout at River and Roberts in Barrington floods over the road and has already had engineering/repaving/regrading work done.

    Is it really the smartest option for that area?

  5. Roberts and River always flooded across the road.
    Lake Co added a turn lane which seems unnecessary also.
    I’d hope McDOT is more practical.
    The under ground water could be improved at River and Dowell.
    Fuel savings mean more disposable income for us a plus.

  6. This area has protected land since 1800 there are natural springs that will be destroyed don’t let the county take property that will ruin the water supply and destroy porous soils. Hydrology will be affected. At the meeting to protect this all mayors and township and people who live in the area objected to this.
    You should be outraged as our water supply is precious and should not be disturbed because we get money from the federal government for roundabouts.

  7. More money wasted on Randall road… Why not start planning expanding route 47 from Huntley to Woodstock and fix the route 176 and route 47 so there is one intersection instead of two? Or plan 4 lanes on route 120 from Woodstock to McHenry?
    There are other roads in Mchenry County other than Randall Road.
    This County wants more businesses but don’t offer any intensive for growth to come here, in the way of transportation.

  8. “Quick take” seize property and argue it’s value later in court? How is this in anyway, shape or form right???? Let alone put a roundabout at this intersection!

  9. It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.

  10. What if the county builds this monstrosity, and the court tells them later that the property they seized is worth far more than they thought it was?

    This seems like a sneaky way to conceal the true cost of a project until it’s too late to stop it.

  11. Ha! Cindy, that’s almost as funny as the one time you said the Bush Sr and Jr are responsible for 911, Ghandi is in Hell and Natural News is a credible new source!

  12. Those pedophiles ARE responsible. Who made trillions on 911? AND please explain building seven! (The way you are going you will probably see Ghandi yourself.) Mike Adams is amazing (except for when he goes on about anti tobacco propaganda) and a real patriot.

  13. A traffic light would be less damaging to the environment. I think it’s time to step back and apply some common sense. The residents do not want a roundabout and the potential damage cannot be adequately measured until the job is done and then it’s too late. I think someone in the county has roundabout fever. Don’t get started on costs associated with maintaining a traffic light or some nonsense about accidents. You cannot replace a damaged underground spring, dried up wells or a dead lake. There is no justification for this project.

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