The following resolution was passed by the Algonquin Township Board on Tuesday night:
Resolution in Support of Township Residents Living in Unincorporated Area Connected to the Lake in the Hills Water System
WHEREAS, Algonquin Township (“Township”) exists and serves as a unit of government under the laws of the State of Illinois; and
WHEREAS, Algonquin Township residents living in an unincorporated area in the Township connected to the Village of Lake in the Hills water system have notified the Algonquin Township Board that the Village of Lake in the Hills (LITH) intends to sell water infrastructure serving 71 unincorporated homes and businesses to a private company; and
WHEREAS, the residents of the unincorporated section have been continuous customers of the water department under both private and municipal ownership for over 50 years; and
WHEREAS, the residents contributed financially to the water company through line maintenance fees and water rates over those 50+ years; and
WHEREAS, the sale of this infrastructure to a private water company may lead to estimated water cost increases of 300-500%; and
WHEREAS, such rate increases place an undue financial burden on the residents of this area.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Algonquin Township Board hereby requests that the Village of Lake In the Hills not sell the infrastructure which currently provides water to the 71 residents of unincorporated Algonquin Township and take no action on the sale of the infrastructure until such time it can be determined that water can be provided to these residents at a reasonable and affordable rate, which is consistent with water rates in the area.