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Cross country course on track for Settler’s Hill

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 9:57 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The cross country course planned as part of the redevelopment of Settler's Hill landfill is one step closer to a 2015 groundbreaking.

On Wednesday, Kane County Board member Mike Donahue, R-Geneva, told the Development Committee that a design has been approved by Waste Management, the Kane County Forest Preserve District and USA Track and Field.

"It's not as simple as you might think," Donahue said, explaining various designs were considered before all parties were satisfied. "We ran the gamut and finally came up with this."

Additionally, he said, the Phase I engineering report shows the cross country course is "technically feasible."

Next steps include Phase II engineering and a full economic impact study. Although the committee had concerns about proceeding with both steps simultaneously, they ultimately directed staff to do so.

Conducting Phase II engineering and the study consecutively likely would delay groundbreaking to next summer when the hope is to move earth by spring, Donahue said.

"Now's the time to spend the money on the economic impact study," he said.

A similar study was done for the site's overall master plan, but that mainly filtered the proposed uses for the property, Donahue said. He said this study will focus on the cross country course and will determine whether it will be financially self-sustaining.

As work on the cross country course continues, board member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, said meeting the track and field standards must be a priority.

"That, to me, is going to be the dollar driving the train," she said.

Ken Anderson, director of the county's division of environmental and water resources, said the current design reflects such standards as slope requirements.

"That's all part of this Phase I design," he said.

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