St. Charles committee backs Active River Project

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 10:26 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES - A city committee Monday gave its formal support for a project to boost the use of the Fox River. 

The Government Services Committee voted 9-0 on a motion to support the St. Charles River Corridor Foundation to continue forming a task force for the Active River Project.
The project aims to utilize the Fox River as an economic and recreational engine to improve St. Charles, said John Rabchuk, treasurer of the St. Charles River Corridor Foundation.

This is the second governmental body to voice their support for the project. On Feb. 11, the St. Charles Park District Board voted 5-0 in favor of joining the task force after Rabchuk presented information on the project. The city committee saw the same presentation Monday.

The aldermen were impressed by the success of other river projects such as the whitewater renovation that was made in Charles City, Iowa, and the transformation of the river area through downtown Denver. These were just a few real-life examples that Rabchuk gave as possibilities for the Fox River in St. Charles

“I love that we can copy [the plans of the other cities]. ... It’s been done, we can see the success,” 2nd Ward Alderman Rita Payleitner said.

Rabchuk on Thursday is scheduled to meet with the Forest Preserve Board of Kane County to obtain its formal support.

Over the next month, specific representatives from each governing body will be determined to join the task force.

The task force during the summer will reach out to the public and organized to gain more input on the project. Then the group will ask for requests for proposals by the end of year with the hopes of having specific options to present to the city in early 2015.

“We’re not proposing any specific plan [at this time] ... that would be the job of the consultants,” Rabchuk said to the committee Monday.

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