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Land for Hatchery Park bridge project donated

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SPRING GROVE – The village is one step closer to building a bridge connecting its downtown to Hatchery Park.

The Village Board accepted a donation, pending the completion of the paperwork, of a long and skinny parcel of land that borders Main Street and the Nippersink Creek at its meeting Tuesday evening, Village President Mark Eisenberg said.

The property was donated by Spring Grove resident and Wauconda businessman Gerry Lorenz, who will continue to own the rest of the neighboring property.

“He’s been very helpful in the past,” Eisenberg said. “He lets us fire the fireworks out of his backyard.”

The village doesn’t have the funding to build the bridge but is in the process of applying for and seeking out private and public grants, he said. Some of the grants require the entity to own the property needed for the project.

The village also has been collecting donations for projects related to the fish hatchery from residents.

The Village Board also voted Tuesday evening to keep its impact fees and municipal donations level this year. The board reviews its fees annually, and typically raises these fees based on the rate of inflation.

“We’re trying to promote the building activity so we didn’t feel it was the time,” Eisenberg said.

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