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Lake in the Hills grapples with fate of vacated Silver Lining Equestrian Center

Sarah Nader file photo – snader@shawmedia.com
Tricia Sales, owner of Silver Lining Equestrian Center, watches as Caroline Zurek, 12, of Lake in the Hills jumps with her horse during a lesson March 21 at the Lake in the Hills horse barn facility. The village of Lake in the Hills has established a committee to evaluate and prepare a recommendation to the Village Board pertaining to the village’s stable facilities, located at 1109 Pyott Road.
Sarah Nader file photo – snader@shawmedia.com Tricia Sales, owner of Silver Lining Equestrian Center, watches as Caroline Zurek, 12, of Lake in the Hills jumps with her horse during a lesson March 21 at the Lake in the Hills horse barn facility. The village of Lake in the Hills has established a committee to evaluate and prepare a recommendation to the Village Board pertaining to the village’s stable facilities, located at 1109 Pyott Road.

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Village officials are trying to figure out what to do with the former Silver Lining Equestrian Center stable now that it’s empty.

The village of Lake in the Hills owns the property at 1109 Pyott Road, and since 2014 had been renting it to Tricia Sales, who operated Silver Lining Equestrian Center out of the stable facilities on the 27-acre lot. Larsen Park and the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry also are on-site.

Village officials made a decision to evict Sales in February because of late rent payments, among other reasons. Sales’ lease was set to expire in August, but she shut down early to take another job in Florida.

“The village had already terminated my lease. I tried to work something out with them. I didn’t see it going in a favorable direction,” Sales said. “I had a choice to stick it out to the end of the lease or take the opportunity that presented itself to me.”

The village has formed a committee to determine the ultimate fate of the property. Members include village Trustees Steven Harlfinger and David McPhee, Parks and Recreation Chairwoman Diane Tredore, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce Director Katrina McGuire and village resident John Apostolopoulos.

The barn has structural problems and needs improvements, which could prove costly, McPhee said. The committee is in the process of reviewing exactly what those problems are and what improvements are needed.

Committee members also are looking to see whether there is interest in fundraisers or bringing in volunteers to help with the place, McPhee said. The village also would need to find another leaser if it were to continue to operate as a stable.

“We are very interested in doing what we can to save it,” McPhee said. “But at the same time, we don’t want to cost millions of dollars to the taxpayers. We are trying to figure out what the best thing is.”

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