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Glen Ellyn to partially annex, provide water to Glen Oak Country Club

GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Oak Country Club may soon have access to village water, after the Glen Ellyn Village Board on Monday approved an ordinance to tentatively annex a portion of the club into village limits.

The ordinance will undergo a final revision by the village attorney and return to the board for approval next month.

"We're still tweaking some of the language for clarification purposes," said Director of Planning and Development Staci Hulseberg.

The annexed portion runs from Golf Avenue along Hill Avenue, and along the Illinois Prairie Path to the DuPage River, according to board documents. The strip of land is about 300 feet wide. The agreement includes a parking lot and additional parcel of land north of Hill Avenue near Golf Avenue.

The club wanted to be placed on the village's water supply to improve water quality and pressure, board documents state. Negotiation has been ongoing for 10 years. The board and the club have now reached an annexation agreement and an operating agreement, both of which came before the board Monday night.

Under the annexation agreement, the village will annex about 19 acres of the club and portions of Hill and Golf avenues, leaving about 133 acres of the club unincorporated. The annexed portion will be zoned as a conservation recreation district.

The operating agreement states the club will pay 115 percent of "within village" water rates. The village will install 12-inch public water mains along Hill Avenue to Golf Avenue. Construction is expected to begin shortly after the board approves the final agreement.

The club will annually pay a portion of the tax revenues the village would have received in the previous calendar year if the entire country club property had been annexed to the village, which equals about $45,000.

The board approved the measure unanimously. Board member Tim Elliott was absent.

President Alex Demos thanked the club for working with the village to finalize the agreement.

"I'm personally very satisfied about the agreement," he said. "I'm very open and enthusiastic about moving forward."

Members of the public seemed less enthusiastic about the annexation. Several people expressed concerns about the proposal, including Joel Johnson, a resident in a nearby subdivision that would remain unincorporated.

"My main concern is how is this going to be impacting the unincorporated area of our neighborhood in terms of forced annexation?" Johnson said.

Village Manager Mark Franz said the annexation plans are focused on commercial areas.

"We have no plans of residential annexation at present time," he said.

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