FIRE RESULTS IN AIR LIFT

The Marengo Fire Protection District responded to four fires within a three week period, during Dec., resulting in property damage and some livestock loss. Two service calls, one at the intersection of Coon Creek Road and Route 23, and another at the corner of Maple Road and Route 20, added to the total.

A Dec. 14 fire on Church Road left no damage to the residence, but burned a 40-foot by 50-foot garage-shop, and a two-story chicken coop. “They lost some livestock, and haven’t determined the cause or origin, although it may have been an electric heater,” said Robert Bradbury, the fire protection district’s chief. “The owner lost his phone, and couldn’t put it out by himself. He had to go to three neighbors, far apart, before he found one. Fortunately, he’s doing okay.

“The insurance investigators are reviewing the preliminary data, which we had given them. They lost some chickens, but the sheep made it,” he said. “I remember the site, because it had an original building that stood at Route 47 and Algonquin road in Huntley…the old roadhouse, ‘Little America.’ It was an old bolt-together structure, and was moved there years ago.”

A Dec. 12 fire at the Standish property, on the corner of Route 176 and Dunham Road, in Seneca Township, consumed a large barn leading to the loss of some livestock. “The cause is still undetermined, but the origin was probably the south side of the barn. We responded to a fire there about five years ago, the same barn, and it was caused by a heater.”

ROUTE 23/ I-90 INTERCHANGE UPDATE

The Illinois Tollway Authority issued a construction update on the Route 23/ I-90 Interchange, under its jurisdiction. The project will open the only access to I-90 in Mc Henry County is part of a $14 billion, 15-year, capital improvement program called, “Move On,” along with local road upgrade listed as “approximately 500 feet of Illinois Route 23 reconstructed on either side of the bridge, and 200 feet of reconstructed pavement on Grossen Road” to accommodate the increased traffic flow.

In noting improvements, the ITA said, “The Route 23 Bridge was lengthened due to the new (and) wider I-90 roadway, completed in 2014, and widened to provide space for turn lanes to access future interchange ramps. The new bridge provides full shoulders and one lane in both directions and room for a future turn lane to access new ramps, should a new interchange be constructed. The new concrete bridge structure includes 24 beams supported by a center median pier on I-90 and concrete abutments on either side of the roadway.”

In related news, a truck stop is still planned for a 10-acre parcel at the intersection of Route 23 and Harmony Road. Hampshire-based Lazar Brothers Enterprises, Inc. completed a 34.8-acre purchase of property last Aug., with contingencies to begin construction in two years.

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ANNEXED PARCEL TAX ABATEMENT

 As part of a consent agenda, during its Dec. 18 meeting, the Marengo City Council approved an ordinance to abate taxes on certain properties that were annexed into the municipal fold, over the past few years. The agreements were tendered from 2007-13, with corresponding PIN numbers on Marengo’s western portion, and along south Route 23.

The ordinance language that abates property taxes on properties annexed into the city cites that the action was part of the annexation agreement. Those properties listed are: Marengo Lakes LLC, AR Land Co, Rev. Eugene and Bertha Meyer Trust, Richard Marilyn Vogelman Trust, S.W. Mijanovich Trust (2), Marengo Farms LLC, West Bank Development Co., andChicago Columbia National Bank (3).

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