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CL Mayor Asks District 155 to Stop Work on Bleachers and Obtain Zoning Approval

Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley sends letter to District 155 School Board president.






The City of Crystal Lake and Community High School District 155 are at odds regarding ongoing construction of the new $1.18 million bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School.

The city has requested school officials present their plans for the project and proceed through the normal application and review process needed for zoning variances, storm sewer permits and a height variation request for the size of the new stands.

Community High School District 155 officials maintain they obtained the necessary permit to install new bleachers and move the Home stands to the opposite side of the football field from McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schermerhorn.

The west side of the field is adjacent to houses on Amberwood Drive, and residents closest to the new 51-foot-tall structure object to its size, appearance, and potential safety concerns.

The attached document is a letter from Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley to District 155 Board of Education president Ted Wagner, asking that the district cease construction on the new bleachers and pursue zoning approval and stormwater permits from the city. 

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Kim G. August 12, 2013 at 08:58 AM
The district has always followed the city's zoning & building laws in the past why didn't they this time? They were trying to get this up & built hoping nobody would oppose it. They did not give residents their due process. It needs to comply with all city ordinances. How can a district in a teacher's contract dispute & a deficit of 1.7 million foolishly build something as massive as these bleachers? I know exactly who I will not be voting for in next election and will vote against any future referendum the district puts before me.
Patricia Blodgett Vincent August 12, 2013 at 09:34 AM
the above comment is excellent, I would be livid if those were built in my back yard. Who do they think they are building such a massive project without approval? Would those who decided to go ahead with this like something like this in their back yard? Too much power gets out of control today and its time we start to put a stop to it. those bleachers should be taken down!
Mike jones August 12, 2013 at 11:59 AM
So they stop work on a project that is going to get approved and built anyways. The only people who lose are the kids. The football season starts in a little over two weeks. So what then? Cancel the home games because of people who moved next to a school want a open field in their backyard? Now the kids have nothing to do on Fridays nights except get in trouble? You move by a school knowing what you have to deal with. Everything needs to be upgraded eventually. Have any of the people whining on here been on the old bleachers? They were dangerous. Quit being selfish and think of the kids for once. If you cant deal with it, move.
Kim G. August 12, 2013 at 02:00 PM
They do not want an open field. They know they live behind a school. They understand about upgrading/repairing. They did not get to voice an opinion which is their right. The district took that away from them. D155 is being selfish & bullying.
CLSmom August 12, 2013 at 03:23 PM
This should have been protested prior to the project being started. We all knew it was happening. Lesson learned!
CL Proud August 12, 2013 at 09:55 PM
No body wins in this situation. First off, if the school did not get the proper documentation to build these bleachers, then that was incorrect. However, these families that live behind the school, the school was there first. If you claim that you did not hear about the bleachers and your children attend CLS , then obviously you are not involved with your school. This has been mentioned on several occasions. Additionally, this does not just effect the football players, it effects the band, the pommies, the cheerleaders and the CLS Boosters. The concession stand brings in money for many groups for the school not just the athletes. I find it very sad that this is happening. I don't believe the mayor needs to get involved, is it an election year?

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