Sturtevant trustees will meet in closed session Tuesday to discuss on-going negotiations with SC Johnson representatives about the Willow Road relocation project.
Eminent domain action earlier this month, specifically, a relocation order, was tabled for two weeks so a new negotiation committee could continue meeting with SCJ reps to hammer out an agreement for 2.6 acres in order to redirect Willow Road to connect with 84th Street. The village wants to complete the project next year ahead of the state Department of Transportation plan to widen Highway 11 from 92nd Street to Highway 31.
The land in question lies at the southern tip of Waxdale. Though most of the property is located in Mount Pleasant, a small portion of it crosses into Sturtevant, and the village needs the land to redirect Willow Road.
Village President Steve Jansen appointed Village Administrator Mary Cole, Village Engineer Jeff Seitz, former Administrator Mark Janiuk, and former Administrator/current Assessor Jim Henke to serve on the committee.
Trustees voted in May to file a claim of eminent domain when purchase talks weren’t leading to a resolution, which prompted a series of letters between the parties, including one from SC Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson threatening to move Waxdale operations if Sturtevant went through with the eminent domain action.
After the board returns from closed session, the next item on the agenda is the relocation order. Whether or not trustees vote to continue the action depends on the outcome of the committee’s meetings with SC Johnson.
The special board meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Village Hall, 2801 89th Street. Call (262) 886-7200.
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