Thinking about McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ desire to give control of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District to the Village of Lake in the Hills led me to thoughts of Crystal Lake and Lakewood.
The sewers in Country Club Additions Subdivision were put in by the Works Progress Administration during the 1930’s.
The sewage treatment plant was in Crystal Lake and still is.
For reasons unknown to me the City of Crystal Lake decided to increase the charges to Lakewood residents.
A cost-benefit study was conducted by Lakewood and the Village Board concluded that it would be cheaper to re-route the sewage flow from the Crystal Lake plant to the one that Lakewood built on the west side of town.
The cost would be about the same, Village officials wrote, but Country Club Additions homeowners would no longer be subject to another municipality’s determining their sewer rates.
Based on that experience, it seems to me that Crystal Lake and Huntley residents, businesses and the Huntley School District could see their rates rise, if the Lake in the Hills Village Board wanted to raise them.