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Minooka church gets approval on subdivision plat

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 9:24 p.m. CDT

MINOOKA – Village Christian Church received approval from Minooka trustees Tuesday night on a final plat of subdivision to construct a building, even though the annexation agreement was postponed until March.

A small portion of the 9∏ acres on Bell Road extends into Channahon’s boundary limits. Minooka must annex the property, in order for the project to move forward. Even though the annexation paperwork was not ready Tuesday night, trustees approved the subdivision plat anyway.

While a bit unorthodox, handling the process in this order has been done before, Village Trustee Dick Martin said.

The plat of subdivision is contingent on approval of the annexation agreement, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said.

Village Christian Church is in the midst of purchasing the property from Brannick Families Farm.

The congregation has been meeting at Minooka Junior High for nine years, said Lead Pastor Nate Ferguson, and has grown from 30 to 500 people.

The church’s plan is to spend this year designing and planning the space, and hopefully begin construction in spring of 2015.

Plans will include a worship center, a dynamic space for kids and a great space for youth, Ferguson said.

“We are trying to have a facility that will help us reach those ages,” Ferguson said. “Minooka and Channahon have a lot of young people.”

In a related matter, village trustees in a 6-0 vote gave approval for the village to pick up half the tab to install a 593 linear foot water main on Bell Road that will service Village Christian Church and connect to the existing line.

The village will pay up to $25,000 for their portion of the bill.

Grant gets green-light

Trustees gave the go-ahead to the village administrator to apply for a ComEd Green Region program grant in the amount of $10,000.

The village of Minooka is in negotiations for a small parcel of land with an asking price of $120,000.

Due to the sensitivity of negotiations, the location of the property has not been identified, according to village records.

The village has secured $110,000 for the project so far.

The property will be conserved as open space for the community. Minooka’s comprehensive plan calls for 20 percent open space in the village.

In other business

• Trustees approved an additional $3,850 to architect Greg Norris for additional work needed in the village hall expansion. The additional costs will cover revisions and construction drawings for replacement of windows and to the lockers and bathrooms.

• When complete, the village hall will have a large community room with locker rooms and additional office space for future use.

• Trustees approved a 10-year recreational lease with ComEd for property the utility owns at Lions Park. The lease is renewed every 10 years.

• Trustees approved a class E liquor license for Minooka Lions Club to be used during Summerfest on June 20 and 21.

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