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Local Government

Fox River and Countryside seeks permits from county

The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District “jumped the gun” as it pursued unauthorized construction on its fire stations, but it is in the process of rectifying the situation, a Kane County official said Friday.

“I would say that the fire district has been in constant communication with my department, both in our role as the permitting entity for the village (of Campton Hills) and for their (Gilbert Street) site, which is in the county’s jurisdiction,” said Mark VanKerkhoff, director of the county’s Development and Community Services Department.

Construction on the Fox River and Countryside’s stations in Campton Hills and unincorporated South Elgin halted this week after the village and the South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District issued stop-work orders for each of the sites. Each entity claimed the Fox River and Countryside district did not have the necessary permits for the work.

Fox River and Countryside aims to have the stations operational by May 1 as it cuts ties from the City of St. Charles, its long-time fire service provider. It is renovating a storage building at 33W802 S. Gilbert St. into a temporary station on the east side of the Fox River and is constructing a station at 40W351 Route 64 on the river’s west side.

The shell of the Route 64 structure has been built, though construction of the exterior walls began before VanKerkhoff approved such work on March 8, he said. He noted the county has conducted inspections related to that construction.

Now, VanKerkhoff said, “My understanding from the village is they started doing interior framing work that had not been approved as part of their previous permit.”

The fire district did, however, submit additional plans for interior build several weeks ago, VanKerkhoff said.

“Just today I completed a plan review and forwarded that on to the fire district and the village with the results of that review and my recommendations,” he said Friday.

He is recommending approval for the interior framing plans but said the fire district needs to resubmit the drawings for the electrical and mechanical work because they weren’t sealed by a registered design professional.

VanKerkhoff said the fire district made the county aware of its project on Gilbert Street early on but failed to obtain the necessary permits before beginning work there.

“Although they had made the county and (South Elgin) fire district aware of their intent to occupy and what their plans might be, they jumped the gun in terms of starting some of the work in the interior prior to the county issuing the building permit,” VanKerkhoff said.

The fire district applied for a permit Tuesday, VanKerkhoff said. He noted he is waiting for Fox River and Countryside to submit finalized plans before conducting the building plan review. A permit could be issued about a week after that, he said.

“We understand their need to move quickly,” he said.

Fire district board president Jim Gaffney was reached by email Friday but said he has no comment.

If you go

What: Regular meeting of the Board of Trustees
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: 40W304 LaFox Road, Unit C, Campton Hills

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