Hennepin Considers Eminent Domain to Control 2 Lots and Runoff

The Village of Hennepin is considering using eminent domain to remedy a problem that’s been going on for years.

Village president Kevin Coleman said the board talked on Wednesday night about the possibility of using eminent domain for a property at Sixth and Locust streets.

The property is two empty lots, and Coleman said there’s a water flow issue. He said the problem arises when the ground is frozen and there’s a hard rain.

Coleman said in the past, the village has asked the homeowners for easements and has asked to purchase the property.

“This seems to be our last resort,” Coleman said.

The drainage comes from fields from Route 26 east of the village, Coleman said.

Coleman plans to talk to the village’s attorney about the issue.

Other news

Village engineer Bill Shafer talked about the High Street construction project, saying final paving will be completed during the spring. High Street was opened around the first week of November.

Bicentennial memorabilia

The village is selling wine and T-shirts from the bicentennial celebration. Contact a board member if interested.

Coleman said a case of wine (12 bottles) is $165 or one bottle is $20.

The mother of all sales

Coleman said Jerry Kuczera attended the board meeting to talk about a future yard sale called Illinois River Valley Yard Sales scheduled May 19-20.

Kuczera is trying to put together a garage sale that spans from Seneca to Lacon or beyond, Coleman said.

Coleman said some towns already have signed up, such as Marseilles, Utica and Granville as well as others.

Board members told Kuczera they liked the idea and they’re not opposed to it, Coleman said.

Source: News Tribune