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Pickerill-Pigott stormwater variance request goes to oversight committee

YORKVILLE – A requested stormwater variance for the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve south of Oswego will now go before the Kendall County stormwater ordinance oversight committee.

The Kendall County forest preserve commission voted, 9-0, to approve a requested stormwater variance and a related payment of $1,250 for an application fee for the project during the commission meeting Tuesday, Oct. 1. Commissioner Tony Giles was absent from the meeting.

There was no additional discussion among commissioners on the matter before the commission vote.

Matt Asselmeier, senior planner for Kendall County planning, building and zoning, said stormwater officials are waiting for the application to be officially submitted. Once it is, he said, the ordinance variance will be reviewed by him and other county stormwater officials.

If there are no concerns with the proposed variance or those concerns are addressed to stormwater officials' satisfaction, Asselmeier said, there will be a public hearing for the variance request before the county's stormwater ordinance oversight committee, which comprises of members of the County Board's committee of the whole.

Asselmeier said the oversight committee meetings are typically held the same day as the County Board's committee of the whole meetings.

The update comes after Kendall County Forest Preserve Commission finance committee voted, 4-0, during a Sept. 26 meeting to move the requested stormwater variance and application fee to the forest preserve commission.

Dave Guritz, executive director for the Kendall County forest preserve district, had said the site would require up to 0.3 acre feet of detention per the county's stormwater ordinance.

Guritz had said he wanted to request a variance for the forest preserve, which is scheduled to open to the public sometime next year, because the installation of detention would disturb the area's natural plant communities. He had said there is already a large basin on site that drains out into wet woods and farmland north of the site.

Guritz had said the district's site plan also would incorporate most of the existing footprint, except for a proposed gravel parking area, a multi-use trail and a picnic shelter.

Guritz previously talked about the plan in opening the forest preserve to the public during an Aug. 27 forest preserve commission meeting. County officials also wanted to explore the possibilities of including a memorial in site plans for Ken Pickerill, a former teacher and coach at Oswego High School who died on Sept. 12.

The Pickerill family donated the house they built themselves to the forest preserve district in 2017, along with a portion of what is now the about 100-acre forest preserve.

Guritz had said the project is anticipated to cost $633,000 in total. He had said half of the project would be funded by grants and the rest would come out of forest preserve district capital funds.

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