A Minooka homeowner spoke to the Village Board on Tuesday, hoping to get some assistance with a problem he reportedly has been having with an industrial company adjacent to his property.
Philip Downey of O’Toole Drive said the back of his home abuts a corner of a lot on Industrial Drive, which houses Motive Power Resources Inc., a locomotive repair and refurbish shop.
The industrial property was renovated a few years ago when Motive Power Resources moved in, and since that time, Downey and another neighbor have been trying to get the company to clean up its lot and put up a privacy fence.
Downey said the lot is overgrown with weeds, which have been partially taken down this summer, and has a silt fence still in place. The company has reportedly also made promises for a privacy fence for two years.
“We feel we don’t have any recourse,” Downey said. “We thought we would bring it to the Village Board.”
Downey also made mention of the noise that comes from the business – blowing train whistles, revving of engines and idling of the train cars.
He made a suggestion that the company work on the trains on the north side of property, so the noise would be louder in the industrial park instead of near the homes.
Downey also is concerned about a planned addition to the business, which would bring railroad cars for repair even closer to their home – right next to his swimming pool.
“What we have asked him to do is to put up a privacy fence. They agreed they wanted to be good neighbors,” Downey said.
Village Administrator Dan Duffy said the industrial park was there long before homes were built, and a privacy fence is not part of its site plan.
However, the village is working with Motive Power Resources on drainage issues and would speak with them about these issues as well.
“While we talk to them about the drainage issues, we will see if we can work something out with them,” Duffy said.
In other business, the board authorized an amendment to the sludge hauling agreement it has with Dahm Enterprises, which will increase the village’s cost of the contract by about $1,700.
A new requirement to incorporate sludge into the soil more quickly added to the cost.
Motive Power Resources officials did not respond to several requests for comment.