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Sugar Grove Township park plan on hold

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The idea of putting a 27-acre park near the Sugar Grove Village Hall across from the library is on hold.

Sugar Grove Township officials are going to see how such a park might fit in with a five-year strategic plan for the township, Supervisor Tom Rowe said Thursday.

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On Oct. 7, he expects the township board will set a date for starting the strategic plan this fall.

He said the strategic plan will help township officials determine "what are our basic needs and how best to spend our reserves."

Last October, former supervisor Dan Nagel had unveiled a township plan to use the land in what was supposed to be the Prairie Glen subdivision for a park and an outdoor materials storage area for the township highway district.

The idea would have required the village board's permission because the land is governed by a planned-unit development agreement. It was designated for 48 age-restricted townhouses and 32 detached houses.

Nagel resigned at the end of October. A whole new board and a new supervisor were elected in April.

"This was kind of a leftover item from a former administration," Rowe said.

Some village officials said in October they did not like the storage part of the proposal, saying it didn't fit with a residential neighborhood next to the site.

The township board and the highway district would have shared the cost of the land.

"This is not the right time for us to just purchase the Prairie Glen property on our (the township's) own," Rowe said.

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