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Lake in the Hills Sanitary District Board may rule on escrow agreement

A proposed settlement agreement on escrow money related to efforts to buy land outside the county last year will be under consideration during the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District Board’s Thursday meeting.

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks and the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office took the sanitary district to court last year after former trustees and managers tried to acquire land in Kane County, which was believed to be an effort to prevent the district’s consolidation into the village of Lake in the Hills.

The Sanitary District trustees’ plan was to buy 13.88 acres of land for about $950,000 over a mile away from the southern boundary of the district’s service area. The move would have exempted the district from a state law Franks wrote on consolidation.

McHenry County Judge Thomas Meyer temporarily halted the district’s proposed Kane County land purchase and later granted a preliminary injunction blocking the sale. Lake in the Hills Sanitary District officials agreed to stop trying to annex land across the Kane County border.

Both sides agreed to dismiss the case without prejudice and bear its respective legal fees, according to court documents.

Once this matter was settled, McHenry County moved forward with the formation of a committee that would examine the feasibility of consolidating the sanitary district with the village.

The trustee meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District, 515 Plum St.

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