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Active River group awaits funding response

ST. CHARLES – Members of a project focused on the Fox River expect to hear back from the county this summer on a $50,000 funding request.

The Active River Project Task Force earlier this year applied for funds from the Kane County Riverboat Fund Program, said John Rabchuk, the task force chairman. The task force consists of members from the St. Charles Park District, the City of St. Charles, the Kane County Forest Preserve and the St. Charles River Corridor Foundation.

The group is focused on maximizing the Fox River's potential through recreational activities or other features that also could bring an economic boost to St. Charles and the surrounding area.

The task force will return to its four member governmental bodies and groups to ask that they match or exceed the $50,000 Riverboat funding request. The group hopes to have $100,000 or more on hand to hire consultants to review and amend the 2002 River Corridor Master Plan.

"We'll hire the firm based on qualifications," Rabchuk said Friday. "We want to make this a first-class project."

Unlike a traditional request for proposal, the task force is drafting a request for qualification in the hopes of landing a group that's been involved in a successful river project elsewhere.

Once a consultant is hired, the task force wants to hold public hearings or forums by the end of the year to get feedback on what the future of the river should be.

"We want to make sure the plan .. is as much as possible of what the people are looking for," Rabchuk said.

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