When football season begins for Crystal Lake South High School on Aug.
30, fans may get to sit in the new $1.18 million bleachers - for this
Attorneys for Community High School District 155 and
the city of Crystal Lake met in court Friday morning, and city
attorneys agreed to "stay" - or temporarily delay - its stop work order
while court proceedings continue over the matter.
"We are not
willing to let the students, the athletes and the supporters get caught
in the middle of this," Crystal Lake attorney Justin Hansen said.
However, if District 155 moves forward and completes work on the stadium, it does so at its own risk, Hansen said.
city still maintains we have zoning authority over this piece of
property," Hansen said. "We think (District 155) should have
participated in the city's zoning process six months ago, and given the
neighbors a chance to speak. That would have prevented all of this."
District 155 officials maintain they did not need city approval for the project, and insist they are governed by the McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools.
However, Crystal Lake officials argue District 155 has a history of participating in the city's zoning process. The school district has obtained 26 permits over the past 25 years from the city, they said.
The city also agreed to not impose the $1,000 per day fine for violating the stop-work order.
155 attorney Robert Swain told McHenry County Judge Thomas Meyer about
five days worth of construction work is needed to complete the stadium,
which will seat up to 3,900 spectators in both the Home and Visitors
section. Safety railings need to be installed on the top of the
bleachers, and walkways need to be finished, he said.
Including the new press box, the bleachers rise 51 feet, and are set 41 feet from the neighboring property lines.
Meyer said he had concerns about leaving the bleachers in an unfinished
state, as well as concerns about spectators using the stadium if the
city's building and zoning department hadn't inspected the final work.
officials said building inspectors from McHenry County would be brought
in to confirm the bleachers' safety since the county is affiliated with
the Regional Superintendent of Schools office.
The two sides meet again at 9:15 a.m. Friday, 23, before Judge Michael Chmiel.