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Fox Lake, condos settle trash dispute for $180,000

FOX LAKE – A four-year dispute between the village of Fox Lake and one of its condominium associations has ended with an agreement that the association will pay $180,000 – nearly two years’ worth of trash collection provided by the village.

“Let’s just say we got the best deal we could,” Village President Ed Bender said. “This has been going on for several years. If we kept going, we would just be spending more in attorney fees, chasing good money after bad money.”

The Vacation Village Condominium Association stopped paying the village for trash collection after the village board voted to raise its rates, according to the civil complaint filed by the village in March 2011.

The association offered to pay a reduced fee that it previously had negotiated, but the village wouldn’t accept it, association attorneys said in court documents.

The association, at 6800 State Park Road, markets itself as a year-round retreat for outdoor and fishing enthusiasts. It had handled the payments on behalf of its residents, but from now on, the village will charge individual unit owners instead of the association for water and sewer service and trash collection.

About half of the back payments will be paid upfront and the remainder will be paid over six months, according to the settlement.

If the association doesn’t make its payments, it will have to pay $18,000 that remains in dispute, $16,000 in late fees and nearly $22,000 to cover the village’s legal expenses. It also will cover any unpaid water and sewer service fees.

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