Village OKs Plan to Keep MSD Intact
Property owners in the district will pay an assessment of 9 cents per $100 valuation to cover maintenance costs for Ponds 1 and 2 and the earthen dams. Some of the 22 property owners had asked the village to do away with the district.
"It's time to get this resolved," Mayor Steve Smith said. "No individual element, including us, is 100 percent happy with the resolution."
Mayor Pro-Tem George Hillier voted against.
Property owners in the district will also be assessed $261,000 for their share of state-ordered repairs to the dam on Pond 1.
Under an agreement worked out between Village Attorney Michael Newman and Michael Brough, who represents some of the property owners in the district, the village and the property owners will split the costs of the recently completed work. The amount of the assessment depends on the size of the lot.
About two-thirds, or 13, of the property owners signed an acknowledgment, according to village officials.
Doug Middaugh, who lives in the district, did not sign the agreement. He told the council that he wants to abolish the district. He said the assessment is unfair.
The village will attach the resolution and other documents to the deeds of the lots that surround the ponds.
The village established the service district in 1993 as a mechanism for the owners of lots around the ponds to pay for routine repairs and maintenance work.
Sara Lindau can be reached at 693-2473 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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