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Local Government

Campton Hills may make Kiva vote Tuesday

CAMPTON HILLS – With the public hearing on the proposed alcohol and substance abuse treatment facility officially closed, the Campton Hills Village Board may vote on the highly debated issue as soon as Tuesday.

Village President Patsy Smith said it appeared trustees had their questions answered at this week’s meeting and will have the week to contemplate their decision.

The board will continue its discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a location yet to be determined, she said.

Kiva Recovery, a high-end alcohol- and substance-abuse treatment center proposed for the former Glenwood School, is seeking annexation into the village and a special-use permit.

Public interest in Kiva’s requests has forced the village to hold its meetings at larger venues such as a church, an elementary school and the county fairgrounds. Some have spoken in favor of Kiva, but the bulk of citizens have advocated against it.

One of their concerns, Kiva’s effect on property values, was addressed this week. In a market impact analysis, MaRous and Company concluded Kiva will not have a measurable negative impact on the character of property values of the adjoining residences.

Several residents criticized the village for hiring a firm outside Kane County and questioned how the report was done, such as the comparisons used and assumptions on which the findings were based.

They repeatedly accused the village of rushing the vote. They again asked about the hurry after Michael MaRous said his company was originally asked to have the report finished by Dec. 17, a deadline it couldn’t make.

Kiva’s intentions were made public in July. Smith said seven months is hardly a rush.

Visit www.villageofcamptonhills.org for the annexation agreement draft, the market impact analysis, public hearing transcripts and other information.

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