County Lines: A look at news and events in western Kenosha County

County Lines: A look at news and events in western Kenosha County


Salem Lakes, Twin Lakes

Community Libraries are happening places

The Traveling Lantern Theatre Company presented a lively history of the life of Mozart at the Salem Community Library Friday.

Linda Sander, of Brighton, who brought her 6-year-old granddaughter Madelyn McCravens to the performance, said she was interested to “see how they put a spin on Mozart to make it interesting” for children.

“We’ve gone to Shakespeare in the Park at Bong (Recreation Area), and she always likes it,” Sander.

Two comedic actors entertained the audience as a recorded narration of Mozart’s life highlighted significant events in the composer’s life.

Up next at the Community Library:

After hours laser tag — 8 p.m. Monday at the Salem branch, 24615 89th St., for ages 12-18.

Night Lego Club — 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Twin Lakes branch, 110 S. Lake Ave., for ages 5-12.

Senior ice cream social and music trivia — 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Twin Lakes branch.

Twin Lakes

Water level monitoring devices to be installed

In an effort to get accurate, reliable data on lake water levels, the Twin Lakes Protection and Rehabilitation District has contracted with theU.S. Geological Survey to install two lake level monitoring devices at the spillway and on Lake Elizabeth.

Purchase and installation cost is estimated to be between $5,000 and $10,000, and each unit will have a $5,750 annual operation and maintenance fee.

The USGS will install and monitor the devices and report the data via satellite to the National Water Info System. All data will be reported in real time online.

Twin Lakes officials are also hoping to partner with the McHenry County Conservation District and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission to address floating bogs, cattails and beaver dams that can reduce flow in the channel between the lake and the spillway, affecting lake levels.

The channel is located on McHenry County Conservation District property and cannot be accessed without written permission from the Conservation District.

In March, the village received a Lake Management Plan Grant that will cover 67 percent of eligible costs, up to $25,000, for a study of the spillway performance, a lake level analysis and an update to the Lake Management Plan.

Paddock Lake

Whitetail Ridge road construction begins

Construction of the roads needed to bring a 60-unit senior and multi-family housing project to the west end of Paddock Lake is underway in Tax Incremental Financing District No. 2, Paddock Lake Administrator Tim Popanda said.

Willkomm Excavating & Grading Inc., of Union Grove, submitted a bid of $2.9 million and was contracted by the village to construct the roads, sanitary sewer and water system needed for Whitetail Ridge, a mixed-use residential and commercial development on 30 acres.

The TID will also fund $1.1 million in incentives to the developer to install an elevator in the senior housing building and sprinklers in both residential buildings

The infrastructure and incentive costs will be recovered by an estimated $365,000 in increment tax revenue created by an estimated $15 million in increased valuation related to the residential development.

Of the 60 multi-family units, 50 will be for seniors and 10 will be for families. The senior housing is projected to be completed by August 2019.

Another 46 single-family homes are part of the Whitetail Ridge subdivision, but are not supported by incentives.

The commercial portion of Whitetail Ridge is projected to have an assessed value of $5.8 million. Full occupancy is projected within five years.


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