Promises made, promises broken
A press release from Rep. Allen Skillicorn:
First informed by letter on February 12, “In the coming months, the Village of Lake in the Hills will be considering plans to transfer ownership of the unincorporated portion of the Village water system to Central States Water Resources (ICSWROC), a private water and waste water utility company,” a vote was set less than two weeks later on February 23.
At that meeting, residents voiced their concern that they had insufficient time to fully review and discuss the situation which the board acknowledged and tabled the item.
It is now March 22, less than a month later, and the issue has reappeared on the agenda with the minimum allowable notice for a vote this evening.
Residents contacted the Representative to voice their concern that for an issue this complex they need more time to fully understand the ramifications.
By their own admission, the Village has stated, “’[The main reason we are selling] is to eliminate the liability of the village of owning a system that does not turn a profit,’[Public Works Director] Kaup said.
The water system, along with fire hydrants, must be replaced, which is expected to cost $1,793,357.”
But what of the promises made to all of the residents over 50 years ago when the Village purchased the water system for maintenance and upkeep, along with the bonds to do so?
The majority of Lake In The Hills residents who live in the incorporated areas have had their water system updated, but not the unincorporated area, those residents are being pushed aside because it “…does not turn a profit.”
I call on the Village of Lake in the Hills to table the item for an additional month to give the residents affected more time to ensure that their concerns are adequately considered and addressed.