Crest Hill moves to complete subdivision, lower permit fees
By Erin Biesen Correspondent September 5, 2013 8:22PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 1:17PM
Crest Hill aldermen have agreed to lower building permit fees for two lots with unfinished houses in a subdivision that a new developer plans to complete.
Tony Perrino, of Greystone Homes, has purchased 19 lots on Zausa and Siegel drives in a subdivision that Zausa Development Corp. abandoned in 2008. Two of the lots contain houses that were not fully built.
Perrino asked the city to reduce the permit fees for the two lots, which rose to $9,027 each due to penalties for unfinished construction. The original permit fee for each lot was $1,805.50.
With Mayor Ray Soliman breaking a tie vote, the city council agreed at its Aug. 19 meeting to waive the penalties on the two lots, reducing Perrino’s permit fee to a total of $3,611 for the lots.
Ald. Barbara Sklare (2nd) opposed waiving the entire permit fee, saying Perrino should cover the costs of the city building department having to inspect the properties.
But some aldermen favored not charging Perrino any fee. Ald. Tom Inman (4th) said “we need to waive the fees completely and get those houses built. We want to look like we are friendly to developers.”
Perrino was not at the meeting, but his attorney said he was agreeable to paying the $3,611.
Greystone Homes intends to complete the subdivision, which has about 100 completed houses. The style of homes will be similar to those in Raynor Park in Joliet.
Perrino also purchased a commercial lot in front of the Zausa subdivision on Division Street and intends to develop it as well.
In another matter, Crest Hills plans to build a new water well that will be next to Well 9 on Division Street across from the Carillon Lakes subdivision. The new well, Well 12, will use the same filtration system as Well 9.
The contract for the first phase of the well project was awarded to Layne Christensen Co. for $114,366 — about $36,000 lower than the city anticipated. The city hopes to complete the project for about $765,000.
Deputy public works director Mike Greenan said the new well should be ready by late fall and “will help strengthen the (water) system in this area, which is both industrial and residential. It will help in times of need such as a drought.”