ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – The Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District voted unanimously Monday to reject an offer from representatives of an alcohol and drug treatment center to accept $50,000 in three installments as part of an agreement to drop its opposition.
“It seems like a very transparent effort at the last minute,” board president Bob Handley said.
“I don’t think we’re that cheap,” added trustee Chuck Dunham. “This does not even come close to covering what our expenses are for our citizens.”
Maxxam Partners LLC sought the special use permit to convert the former Glenwood School for Boys, at 41W400 Silver Glen Road, into a 120-bed private pay, luxury treatment center.
Maxxam petitioner Steven Marco and attorney Keith Brown made the offer at the fire district’s regular board meeting.
Maxxam’s petition was recently recommended to be denied by the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals and the Kane County Development Committee. Officials said the expected the issue to go before the county board for final action.
Brown said the petitioner would also pay all ambulance and fire calls to the facility.
“We’re here to reach an agreement and ask you to support our proposal,” Brown said.
Marco said the private, for-profit facility would be “very exclusionary,” not taking clients who are very ill to ensure consistency of care.
Brown said the petitioner would consider an agreement with the fire district another time.
Public comment at the meeting sought the fire district’s opposition, out of concern for additional ambulance calls to the facility could jeopardize residents if they have to wait for mutual aid when they have a medical emergency.
County board member Barb Wojnicki, R-Campton Hills, said the petitioner never approached officials or residents about their proposal.
“It’s the 11th hour now. We were never contacted by the petition. Now all of a sudden, it’s ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ time,” Wojnicki said. “That is not the way our community operates. I urge you to vote ‘no’ on their proposal.”
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