Minooka Grade School Board disputes bill from village
By Kris Stadalsky Correspondent January 28, 2013 11:10AM
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:38PM
Minooka Grade School Board members don’t feel they should have to pay the cost of attorney and engineering fees related to the annexation agreement for the new transportation center co-owned by the district and the Minooka High School District.
The two districts purchased the former 84 Lumber property on Minooka Road with the intent of building a transportation hub to house and work on the districts’ buses.
The contract between the districts and 84 Lumber was contingent upon the property being used as a bus garage, Superintendent Al Gegenheimer said.
After the district signed the contract, the village discovered that the original annexation agreement with 84 Lumber did not allow usage of the property by a governmental entity, Gegenheimer said.
The annexation agreement was modified and approved by the village.
When Gegenheimer received a $1,500 bill for attorney and engineering fees for work done to modify the annexation agreement, he assumed the fee would be waived, he said.
Minooka High School District also received a bill for $1,500, for a total fee of $3,000.
“We did not own that property when (the annexation) transpired, so it’s not our responsibility,” said board President Jim Satorious.
Gegenheimer has drafted a letter to the village from the board, again asking for waiver of the fee, after a third invoice was received.
Board member Doug Martin called the letter unprofessional and asked that his name be removed.