Yorkville to de-annex part of Hoover Forest Preserve
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org January 30, 2014 10:50AM
Updated: March 3, 2014 4:39PM
YORKVILLE — Aldermen here voted this week to de-annex almost 7 acres of land surrounding the Hoover Forest Preserve lodge.
The de-annexation means that the area in the preserve surrounding the lodge will revert to Kendall County for all police, zoning and liquor licensing matters.
The City Council voted 6-2 to grant the de-annexation, which the Kendall County Forest Preserve had asked for in a formal petition. Aldermen Rose Spears, 4th Ward, and Jackie Milshewski, 2nd Ward, voted against the de-annexation petition.
The vote came with no public comment by aldermen, and was a bit of a surprise. In fact, the only reaction during the vote came when the city clerk called the name of Alderman Carlo Colosimo, 1st Ward.
Colosimo registered his vote in favor of the de-annexation, but City Clerk Beth Warren did not hear him at first. She asked a second time, and other aldermen and those in the chambers chuckled, because Colosimo had given an impassioned speech at a previous council meeting against the de-annexation.
At that time, the Forest Preserve District had informally asked about the de-annexation, and aldermen seemed disposed to reject it. Aldermen had said they did not like setting the precedent for future requests from properties to leave the city.
But it appears some aldermen had a change of heart because the de-annexation only affects the area around the lodge. It does not affect most of the Hoover Forest Preserve, and does not affect the ability of the city to be contiguous to another property.
The Forest Preserve District asked for the de-annexation only to make it easier for caterers who apply for a liquor license to cater wedding receptions or other parties at the lodge.
If the lodge remained in the city, prospective caterers would have had to get a license from both the county, and the city. Forest Preserve officials wanted to make businesses jump through as few hoops as possible.
Also, Forest Preserve officials want to be able to give caterers a double liquor license that covers both Hoover and the Ellis Forest Preserve, which also has a facility for wedding receptions.