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County, Minooka, Morris to develop Brisbin Road

Agreement is needed to recapture expenses

MORRIS – Grundy County is working with Minooka and Morris to create a pre-annexation agreement to allow the county to move forward with the Brisbin Corridor Project, part of a five-year plan for industrial growth on Brisbin Road from Interstate 80 north to Sherrill Road.

Grundy County Engineer Craig Cassem said the county has estimated the $8 million project would create a new two-lane road that can handle industrial traffic projected as the area develops.

“The county hired a consultant to look at the two-and-a-half miles of road, and how we could pay for the construction,” Cassem said at Tuesday’s Grundy County Board meeting. “The county can’t recapture the expense, but a village or city can.”

The intergovernmental agreement, along with a memorandum of understanding, will need to be passed by all governmental entities involved to create a legal way for the county to recapture the cost of the road, which will service the properties along each side of the road.

The 1,900 acres that line the road belong to two different municipalities: The east side of the road is Minooka, the west side belongs to Morris.

Cassem said it’s estimated the county will need about $4,600 per acre as an impact fee to pay for the construction.

Morris City Attorney Scott Belt said Thursday it is a significant project with overlapping issues – having the county relinquish zoning to the respective cities, and an agreement with the developer to pay a road impact fee to pay back the county for the proposed roadwork.

Assistant State’s Attorney Perry Rudman said Thursday the county has been in talks with Minooka and Morris for about a year and that it is an ongoing project.

Dave Bzdill, a lawyer representing a landowner who has been approached by a potential developer, spoke to the county board Tuesday with concerns on the time frame of the project.

He wanted to know how long it would take for the necessary agreements to be in place because a developer is interested in about 226 acres on the west side of Brisbin Road.

Rudman said Thursday that it is a complicated matter and board members need to know what they are agreeing to before he can negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the developer.

“We want to cooperate and move Grundy County ahead,” he said.

Brisbin Minooka Sherrill Roads LLC, located in Naperville, is the developer looking at the land for proposed mixed uses. Minooka Village Administrator Dan Duffy said Minooka is working with Morris on the agreement and that Minooka just has some minor adjustments to the existing language it would like to see.

“Hopefully, we will have something by the end of the month,” Duffy said. “These documents don’t happen over night, we have to look to the future when doing a long-term agreement.”

He said Minooka has always had a good relationship with the state’s attorney office and with Rudman, so he doesn’t expect this project to be any different.

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