Below is a statement issued by Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin on Nov. 15:
“I have refrained from commenting on the Canal Shores Hole 10 issue until the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (“MWRD”) has officially voted. Now that the MWRD has voted to allow an easement on their land, I want to clarify some issues.
1. The land is owned by the MWRD and the Board of Commissioners of the MWRD is the only governmental body that can determine its use.
2. The land is covered by a lease that is in full force and effect between the MWRD and the Wilmette Park District.
3. The County’s role, up to this point, has been ministerial in following the lease’s requirements for an easement request.
4. I am disappointed that the Board of Commissioners of the MWRD granted the easement and that they did not put environmental protections in their authorization for the easement.
Now the County will have to provide environmental protections including restricting the size of the construction, restricting the type of construction and cost allocation. The County will begin negotiating with the land owner an agreement that includes all safeguards. This negotiation will take some time and when completed, will be presented to the Cook County Board of Commissioners for action. But before the County Board acts, all building and zoning requirements of the Village of Wilmette will have to be satisfied.
In the meantime, I will keep you informed on the progress of the negotiation.”