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Flood victims won't pay some fees in Fox Lake

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 9:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:33 a.m. CDT
(Lathan Goumas – lgoumas@shawmedia.com)
Liz Kloss(left), cleans up debris left by flood water with the help of her friend Delia Avila at her home Monday on Atwater Parkway in Fox Lake. Kloss said the water stood at between nine and 10 inches in her driveway at the highest point of the flooding.

FOX LAKE – Residents and business owners affected by the recent flooding will not have to pay for building permits, the Fox Lake Village Board decided Monday.

Hundreds of homes in the flood plain could have sustained damage, Building Commissioner Frank Urbina said.

"Some of these residents have been through quite a bit of hardship," Urbina said in his recommendation the board reduce or waive fees for affected residents.

Village staff has been assessing the damage, getting out to about 15 homes Monday, Urbina said. Some homes showed signs of water reaching four feet in the basement, and others without basements showed water damage a foot off the ground.

Some of these homes will need electrical wiring and outlets, plumbing and siding replaced, repairs which require permits.

While homeowners and business owners affected by the flood will have the fee for their building permit waived, they still need to get a building permit, Urbina said.

Any structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing work as well as tree removal require permits. More information, including a building permit application, is available at the village's website, foxlake.org.

Building permits last six months and can be extended for another six months for no extra charge. That will stay the same for those with waived fees.

The on-site assessments and the information gathered through the building permit process will help the village compile information for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

McHenry County also waived its building and stormwater permit fees through the end of the year for flood-damaged structures. Lake County is considering a similar waiver, Trustee Donny Schmit said.

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