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City All But Rejects Evergreen Farms Proposal

The crowd spoke out against moving clean dirt from the Route 47 construction project to a 46-acre parcel off Fox Road.

Yorkville aldermen are poised to reject a special use permit to allow contractors to fill uncontaminated dirt from the Route 47 road expansion project on 46 acres off Fox Road west of town.

Aldermen voted Tuesday to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance denying D Construction Management’s request for Evergreen Farms Estates, which sits east of Pavilion Road both north and south of Fox Road. Because , aldermen would have had to approve the application with a two-thirds majority vote.

Aldermen are expected to vote on the ordinance at their next meeting May 8.

The crowd filled the City Council Chambers seats, with a few people standing in the back and no residents speaking in favor of the proposal. Residents were concerned about traffic and safety on Fox Road, the effect on property values and the possible contamination of residential wells in the area.

Construction managers wanted to put up to 60,000 cubic yards of dirt from various areas of Route 47 on various areas of the Evergreen Farms Property. The traffic would vary from 25 loads a day up to 60, but company representatives said the trucks would blend in with the 4,500 vehicles or so that travel that road daily.

The Route 47 project includes removing the retaining wall and much of the hill near the former Kendall County Courthouse on Madison Street, so some truck traffic is inevitable.

“As part of that project on Route 47, that material has to be placed on trucks and hauled off,” said Pete Huinker of H.R. Green, an engineering firm representing D Construction. “This (Evergreen Farms) project is not creating this truck traffic. That traffic is going to be there; it’s just a matter of where.”

But aldermen criticized state oversight of the project and the effect on traffic. Ward 4 Alderman Rose Spears said Fox Road sees bikers and joggers and is more heavily used since the River Road bridge was closed.

Both Spears and Ward 1 Alderman Carlo Colosimo expressed doubt in the process for determining what material was clean enough to be sent to the Evergreen Farms Estates site.

Essentially, specialists would establish “impact zones” of material that could not be sent there by testing soil during the Route 47 project’s planning stages. Then the specialists would monitor the workers during construction. No tests would be done on the trucks headed for Evergreen Farms Estates after individual trucks had been loaded.

“These impact zones are set by the state of Illinois, whom I don’t really trust,” Colosimo said.

Editor's note: The property discussed here is adjacent, but not associated with, the Evergreen Farm produce stand.  For more information, .

Scratch on Patch April 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Why not use the old Countryside Center Property to stage material? At least it is right off Route 47. May need to cover a few drains.
Mark Johnson April 25, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Does our City certify every load that Public Works digs up as "clean"? Are we accepting only "clean" fill on the City owned sites where we are taking it? Is it documented properly & tracked? Druse better get HazMat certs & go back to school for all the required analytical training. What about the Home Depot site getting filled? Where is justification that's clean? If its not everyone on City Board should resign & be forced to pay the clean up costs.
Mark A Johnson April 25, 2012 at 08:45 PM
This is a reply to clarify that the above Mark Johnson IS NOT the Mark A Johnson of Yorkville who is very politically active in Yorkville. Jillian has been advised of this and is checking to see if this may be another Mark Johnson in Yorkville or if someone is trying to be funny or steal my identity. Sincerely, Mark A Johnson
The Fighting Fox April 25, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I’m confused, which Mark Johnson was named in the lawsuit filed in Kendall County (2010-L-00075) for the postings on the Beacon News website and then posted this apology in the Oswego Patch - http://oswego.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-comments-not-directed-at-developer-harold-oliver ? Because that Mark Johnson should probably apologize the other Mark Johnson for sullying the name “Mark Johnson”.
Scratch on Patch April 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Please go hijack some other thread. I am trying to offer up a possible solution that others may not have considered. Thank You.
anonymouse April 26, 2012 at 04:57 PM
hahahaha I love you
Jillian Duchnowski April 26, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Folks, let's keep this thread on topic. Please.
Skip Kline April 27, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Today I drove out to look at the site of what was called Evergreen Farms. I honestly can't see the problem that was made of filling in this property, in fact, check out how steep the roadside is on the North just West of Fox Glen. It was Fox Glen that was built in the flood plain back when KRG did that work. This City Administration is a joke to let idiot people get up and rant about it. By the time this is done Yorkville might as well tear down the downtown area because every business will be forced to close doors. Not letting that company put the dirt there will only lengthen the time in front of the businesses. Thank the City for that one

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