Wauconda board annexes property to let business continue operating

Posted7/8/2015 5:30 AM

Wauconda trustees on Tuesday agreed to annex a family-owned property into the village as a way to allow a small business there to continue operating.

Jay Hulls, who lives with his wife, Katie, at 29000 Callahan Road, runs the Inland Landscape Group at the nearly 6-acre property, which had been in an unincorporated area of Wauconda Township.


Jay Hulls founded the business in 2006 and moved it to the Callahan address in 2012. However, the land is too small for a landscaping business under Lake County regulations, which require at least 10 acres, Katie Hulls said.

Wanting to keep the business on the land, the Hullses asked village leaders for the annexation. Following a brief discussion during Tuesday's village board meeting, the trustees obliged with a unanimous vote.

The board also voted to rezone the land as an agricultural property. It had been considered residential.

After the votes, Mayor Frank Bart thanked the couple for their interest in joining the village.

"Welcome," Bart said.

The annexation will result in additional property tax revenue for Wauconda, Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner said.

If the business ever takes on a retail-sales element, the village will receive a percentage of sales-tax revenue, too, Maxeiner said.

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