A very short Oakwood Hills zoning meeting was held at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn Thursday evening to consider the siting of a gas-fired electric generating plant behind Village Hall.
The length was dictated by the power plant applicant’s losing its attorney.
Joe Gottemoller withdrew, apparently concluding that his representation was a danger to his political ambitions.
He is running for re-election to the McHenry County Board this fall, along with newcomer Don Kopsell.
Challenging the current Republican lock on District 3 is former member Kathy Bergan Schmidt, a Democrat. She attended the meeting.
After Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Marty Gierut called for a vote to adjourn the meeting, which passed with one “No” vote from Bruce Wallace, the audience was understandably upset.
The next meeting was set for October 9th.
The meeting a couple of weeks ago consisted of the applicant’s presentation and the beginning of audience comments. Many, many people who wanted to speak were not given the opportunity.
Many returned Thursday night.
Those from Lake Killarney even had political convention-style signs reserving a whole row.
There were heated comments from many crowd members after the adjournment.
In reply to one questioner after he left the stage, Gierut said,
“I don’t like it any more than anybody else.”
The delay reminded me of the time over a decade ago that the McHenry County Board was considering applications for two peaker plants near the northern intersection of Routes 47 and 176. The County did something that resulted in a lawsuit that was settled for a $5 million payout from its insurance company, if memory serves me correctly.
Denying the petitioner due process might have triggered a similar suit against Oakwood Hills.