Lake in the Hills opts to lease building near airport

Village plans to eventually use land for an access road

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A building that was bought by the village through the eminent domain process now is being leased to a business for one year.

The village recently approved a one-year lease with Jameson Landscaping Services Inc. and Jameson Pavement Surfaces Inc. for the companies to rent the property at 8603 Pyott Road for $2,000 a month.

In June, the 1-acre property was bought by the village through the eminent domain process from Snelten Inc., an excavating company. Since the purchase, the company has moved operations to McHenry with an agreement from the village to pay relocation costs.

Jameson plans to use the property for office space and warehouse space for storage of equipment and materials.

Eventually, the village plans to use the land to construct an access road in the future.

When the road is built, the 5,375-square-foot building on the 1-acre property would be torn down.

“This is an opportunity for us to rent the property for a very limited amount of time,” Public Works Director Fred Mullard said. “Finding a renter for basically a one-year window is very hard. This is an opportunity to earn some revenue for the airport to help pay some of the costs out there.”

Village officials plan to move a third of the taxiway a safe distance from the runway. The village in 2011 and 2012 relocated two-thirds of the taxiway. The remaining third is on the east end of the airport.

Moving the rest of the taxiway requires building a new aircraft parking apron, which leads to the village needing a new access road.

Trustees Stephen Harlfinger and Denise Barreto voted against leasing the property.

Harlfinger disagreed with leasing the property, which is next to Ryco Landscaping, to a competing business.

“This doesn’t feel right,” Harlfinger said.

Harlfinger said the village forced out Snelten Inc.

“This was a man who was in this village for quite some time, as a business owner, and we’re going to turn around and basically stab another business owner in the back, by putting a rival company next to him on a property we own,” Harlfinger said. “That’s just bad business.”

Dave Snelten, of Snelten, Inc., is upset the village decided to rent the property rather than letting the company stay until the village was closer to tearing down the building. The company moved in June to McHenry. However, equipment and office space are in two buildings a quarter-mile apart.

Snelten said he didn’t have enough time to find a location more suitable for the company.

“For them to rent our building without giving us an option on it, it’s terrible,” Snelten said.

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