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Rezonings dominate village board meeting

By Ben Rodgers

HOBART –It was a light agenda Tuesday, Dec. 4, for the Hobart village board, with six public hearings garnering the most discussion.

All of the public hearings were in regards to zonings parcels that previously had not been given a zoning designation.
A parcel on Stone Gables Court was zoned to residential, two parcels on Centennial Centre Boulevard were zoned to residential, a parcel on Orlando Drive was zoned into the planned development district No. 2, and a parcel on Scheuring Road was zoned to residential.

In other action, the board approved the storm water fund budget for 2019.

Village Administrator Aaron Kramer called it a surcharge with a formula applied per ordinance that determines things like lot size and impermeable surface to determine the equivalent residential unit or ERU.

ERU means the statistical average of the horizontal impervious area of single-family homes within the village.

The horizontal impervious area includes, but it is not limited to, all areas covered by structures, roof extensions, patios, porches, driveways and sidewalks.

The fund will remain at $70 per ERU for 2019, the same as it was in 2018.

“That fund is in a very healthy financial situation,” Kramer said after the meeting. “At the same time, we have a number of old subdivisions where the storm water system, mainly the inlets, have reached the end of their life expectancy. So over the next couple of years we’re going to launch a large initiative to repair and replace a large number of those inlets.”

The next village board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, followed by a site review committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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