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Mundelein could sue over Grayslake annexation, trucking plan

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  • This land is at the center of a dispute between Grayslake and Mundelein. Mundelein officials may sue to prevent a truck terminal from being built there.

       This land is at the center of a dispute between Grayslake and Mundelein. Mundelein officials may sue to prevent a truck terminal from being built there.
    Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

 
 

Mundelein officials may go to court to stop a truck terminal from being built on newly annexed land in neighboring Grayslake.

Mundelein's village board on Monday night authorized its attorneys to file a lawsuit against Grayslake and Saia Inc., the Georgia trucking firm behind the plan.

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Papers could be filed next week in Lake County circuit court, Village Administrator John Lobaito told the Daily Herald on Tuesday.

Grayslake's village board voted Aug. 5 to annex 33 acres of farmland on the southwest corner of Midlothian and Peterson roads, not far from the Lake County Fairgrounds.

The annexation agreement with Saia calls for a truck terminal with 100 docks and maintenance facilities.

The site is near a residential neighborhood that's south of Winchester Road in Mundelein, and homeowners who oppose the plan have cited traffic and safety concerns, as well as a fear of lower property values.

Lobaito echoed those sentiments Tuesday.

"Noise, lights, traffic -- all of those," Lobaito said.

A Saia spokeswoman said she wasn't aware of the Mundelein board's vote and declined to comment.

Grayslake Mayor Rhett Taylor couldn't be reached for comment.

A lawsuit isn't the only potential obstacle to the plans for the site.

Grayslake gets sewer service through Lake County, and the extension of those pipes would require county approval. That hasn't happened yet.

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