“The EPA has now approved the demolition of the building,” Steele began, adding that it will cost someone $15,000 to remove the asbestos from the building before that can happen.
Steele also said he has filed a complaint against the owner of the former truck stop. The legal papers were sent to a Spring Valley address on the record, but Steele said he believes the owner actually lives inIndiana. That could mean further delay in the process.
“It’s just a wait and see,” village president Roger Thompson summed up.
If the owner does not demolish the structure, the village has the option to do it at its own cost.
“Our remedy would be the lien against the property,” Steele said, “but we’re not the only lien against it.”
Thompson told the board these things take time, citing progress in Peru that he said took 10 years to accomplish.
“This has only been year two,” he said. “Remember that.”
Steele had one more piece of information to share: The Illinois Attorney General’s office is suing the owner over a matter of underground storage tanks.
“That’s the other link in the puzzle,” Steele said. “If that settles, that may be the ice-breaker to make ours come together too, we hope.”
Village trustee Kevin Sluder said the local contact told him the property is going to be parceled off, with a portion being sold to Casey’s.
“I don’t believe a word he said,” Sluder added, “but it sounded good.”
Village president Roger Thompson has decided he has held the position long enough. This April, Thompson will have served a total of 23 years, with an eight-ear break. Trustee Kevin Sluder will run unopposed.
“Kevin’s going to do a heck of a good job,” Thompson said.
The village has limited resources, but Thompson said he is confident the board is capable of carrying out the necessary tasks.
“You’ve just got to be a little conservative and not get too crazy,” Thompson said.
Sluder’s plans for the village?
“We need to get some kind of business in to generate revenue,” he said. “We’ve got a big project coming up, and not a lot of people in the town to support that project.”