Fox River and Countryside seeks permits from county
The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District “jumped the gun” as it pursued unauthorized construction on its fire stations, but it is in the process of rectifying the situation, a Kane County official said Friday.
“I would say that the fire district has been in constant communication with my department, both in our role as the permitting entity for the village (of Campton Hills) and for their (Gilbert Street) site, which is in the county’s jurisdiction,” said Mark VanKerkhoff, director of the county’s Development and Community Services Department.
Construction on the Fox River and Countryside’s stations in Campton Hills and unincorporated South Elgin halted this week after the village and the South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District issued stop-work orders for each of the sites. Each entity claimed the Fox River and Countryside district did not have the necessary permits for the work.
Fox River and Countryside aims to have the stations operational by May 1 as it cuts ties from the City of St. Charles, its long-time fire service provider. It is renovating a storage building at 33W802 S. Gilbert St. into a temporary station on the east side of the Fox River and is constructing a station at 40W351 Route 64 on the river’s west side.
The shell of the Route 64 structure has been built, though construction of the exterior walls began before VanKerkhoff approved such work on March 8, he said. He noted the county has conducted inspections related to that construction.