Crawling in Huntley's construction zone

Updated 9/29/2011 3:51 PM

Sometimes, the ongoing construction along Route 47 slows traffic down to a crawl.

With that in mind, the village of Huntley and the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce invite you for a construction crawl and open house along Route 47 from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

Authorities want you to visit as many of the businesses as you can on Route 47 that are affected by the widening project.

As part of the event, you'll go from place to place looking for specials, meeting new people and filling out door-prize cards. The more businesses you visit, the better your chances are of winning.

For a list of participating businesses or for more information, visit or You can also call the village at (847) 515-5269 or the chamber at (847) 669-0166.

Authorities ask that you also visit the businesses at other times while construction moves ahead.

Setting the record straight: The Carpentersville village board meeting got pretty heated last Tuesday when trustees discussed whether to remove a monthly water availability fee for businesses.

The measure ultimately passed.

But during the course of the conversation, trustees Paul Humpfer and Pat Schultz said they did not receive the email from staff that showed the updated ordinance trustees were supposed to vote on in order to repeal the fee.

Nanette Burns, executive assistant to Village Manager J. Mark Rooney, sent the email out Monday afternoon to trustees, department heads, the village attorney and yours truly. So I wanted to see whether Humpfer and Schultz were excluded.

As it turns out, Humpfer and Schultz did receive the email.

Humpfer told me he accidentally deleted it and later found it in his trash bin. He has also since apologized to village staff members, whom he accused of not doing their job at the meeting.

Schultz said she found the email in her inbox after the meeting.

"It was an oversight on my part," Schultz said.

• Lenore Adkins covers Huntley, Carpentersville, the Dundees, Hampshire and Sleepy Hollow. To reach her, send an email to or call (847) 608-2725.