Conservation District auctions off Camp Algonquin surplus

WOODSTOCK – Camp Algonquin is getting cleaned out.

Dishwashers, bunk beds and even the exit signs from 22 buildings the McHenry County Conservation District Board of Trustees approved for eventual demolition are being auctioned off online.

A catalog of the items, which include furniture, appliances and bedding, is available at Bids also can be placed at the website through 9:30 a.m. Oct. 24.

The proposed master plan for the 279-acre Fox Bluff Conservation Area, which includes the century-old campsite, recommends demolishing all the buildings except the recreation hall, which would be reworked into a rental hall for weddings and meetings.

The board had planned to vote on the plan at its September meeting, but the decision was postponed as the trustees debate whether to keep an additional three buildings at the site near Cary.

In the meantime, the board gave the OK to staff members to stop maintaining the other buildings, which includes no longer heating them, and to sell the surplus property.

The district has a standing contract with Obenauf Auction Service, which is responsible for creating an inventory, setting up the online auction and facilitating the transfer of the property.