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Johnsburg opposes Lakemoor boat ramp

Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 11:30 p.m. CST

LAKEMOOR – A proposed boat launch in Lakemoor has drawn the opposition of neighboring Johnsburg.

The Johnsburg Village Board adopted a resolution opposing the project, which includes installing a boat ramp where Old Bay Road approaches Pistakee Bay, widening the cul-de-sac and adding parking.

While Old Bay Road is in Lakemoor’s jurisdiction, the houses that line it are in Johnsburg, and some residents worry that the ramp will increase traffic along their quiet street.

“While I support Lakemoor’s desire to provide their residents access to the Chain O’ Lakes/Fox River, I have concerns about the proposed site because of how access and parking could impact our residents,” Johnsburg Village President Ed Hettermann said in an email.

Hettermann has been in contact with Lakemoor Village President Todd Weihofen and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has yet to issue or deny a permit for the project.

In one of three letters sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hettermann raised concerns about parking and congestion limiting the access of emergency response vehicles and equipment.

Hettermann asked the Corps to hold off on reaching a decision while residents’ concerns are worked out.

The Lakemoor Village Board hasn’t decided what it will do yet if an agreement can’t be reached on the project, Weihofen said.

“That’s up to our Village Board,” he said. “We’re going to sit down and re-evaluate the project when we get the permit, but the property is owned by the village of Lakemoor and the village of Lakemoor is going to do what they think is best for their residents.”

Old Bay Road is the only point where the village of Lakemoor hits the Chain O’ Lakes. It has a boat launch at Lily Lake, but motorized boats aren’t allowed on Lily Lake.

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