Twin Lakes considering special assessment to finish Blueberry Hill streets

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Twin Lakes village government may resort to a special assessment to raise money to finish streets in a subdivision where the original developer has apparently walked away.

The Blueberry Hill Subdivision, on the village’s southwest side, was approved in 2005. The village has so far been unsuccessful in finding developer Rick Stoughtenger or his company LGF Construction Inc.

“We cannot locate the developer,” said village administrator David Cox at the village’s Committee of the Whole meeting Monday.

There are 17 completed homes in the subdivision and 41 total lots, Cox said. (See area identified by blue rectangle in above map.)

Many public improvements such as storm and sanitary sewer lines, detention basins and curb and gutter streets have been completed in the development, Cox said. However, the final layer or “lift” of asphalt still needs to be done on the streets. It was scheduled to be completed by early last year.

The Village Board considered several options presented by Cox for finishing the paving, which would cost about $60,000. One option is a special assessment against the subdivision’s property owners, which would come to about $1,500 per property. If that was approved June 21, awarding contracts for the work could come as early as mid July, according to a timetable distributed by Cox.

Another option would be for the village to absorb the cost, Cox said.

In addition, the village is continuing to assess its options for finding Stoughtenger and “force his responsibility” to pay for the paving, Cox said.

The village does not have security funds from Stoughtenger, Cox said.

There also was some sentiment amongst board members for perhaps assessing only certain properties within the subdivision, such as those held by LGF Construction LLC, which claims to be a different company than LGF Construction Inc.

The lots currently identified for special assessment if needed are in the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Swallow Road and two properties on King Circle.


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