Pulse: Businessman wants Will County to ‘shed’ onerous fee
September 22, 2013 10:14PM
BEN FRANKLIN $100 BILL
Updated: October 24, 2013 6:19AM
At Thursday’s Will County Board meeting, one woman railed against the land use department for citing her for multiple violations. Another criticized board of review workers for having her escorted from the building as she attempted to protest her tax bill.
And a businessman from Tough Shed Co., which supplies sheds and garages to Home Depot and consumers, said Will County is the only government in the region that requires residents of unincorporated areas to have stamped, structural engineering drawings before they erect a shed. The requirement adds $255 to the cost.
“We just don’t think that’s fair,” he said, adding that the International Building Code allows the requirement to be waived.
Board members agreed that the concerns should be addressed. Board member Steve Balich (R-Homer Glen), a founder of the Will County Tea Party and who has been pushing hard for land-use enforcement reforms, said the shed issue was just the beginning.
“I have a suitcase full of them,” he said.
Prisoners with pride
“It was a prison, but it was a nice prison.”
That’s how Joliet Fire Chief Joseph Formhals described the Joliet Correctional Center before prisoners were moved out in 2002. The place has been deteriorating since.
But back then, prisoners kept up the grounds, and Formhals isn’t the only person to have remarked that the inmates took care of the place with some pride.
“It was beautiful,” Formhals said, maybe overdoing it a bit. “It was like the house where the guy has the ‘Don’t Walk on the Grass’ sign in his yard. It was that nice.”
Keep it clean
Scott Henry, who acquired the old St. Mary Carmelite Church last year with a plan to convert it into senior apartments, is now trying to sell it. But he vowed to maintain the building while he owns it.
Noting Friday that graffiti had been sprayed on the back of the church, Henry said, “We’ll address that over the weekend.”
Illinois politicians are sometimes accused of trying to take too many tax dollars out of the state’s casinos.
But the state with the biggest gambling tax haul is Pennsylvania with roughly $1.5 billion in 2012, according to a Moody’s Investor Service report last week.
Benjamin Franklin, the sage of Philadelphia who advised that a penny saved is a penny earned, must be rolling in his grave. Which is fine, as long as he’s not rolling snake eyes.
Herald-News reporters Bob Okon and
Cindy Wojdyla Cain contributed to Pulse.