AFTER MORE THAN two year’s and roughly $6,000 later, the city of Braidwood has finally obtained ownership of a section of Hole in the Wall Road. The road acts as the northenrmost entrance for Lighthouse Cove, that eventually leads to the rear of Shadow Lakes.
by Tonya Michalec Staff writer
A section of privately owned roadway that connects two of Braidwood's waterfront subdivisions was recently deeded to the city.
Mayor of Braidwood, Bill Rulien, announced during July 10 regularly scheduled city council meeting that the city has been given a portion of Hole in the Wall Road by former owner, Jim Dzabiri.
The newly acquired portion serves as an access road to one of the rear sections of Shadow Lakes that leads to gate five.
"It's not really a great road, Rulien said.
"It is paved but it doesn't meet our standards and I don't really think it ever really can because of how and where it is built. It is basically to be used as an emergency access road and not as a regularly traveled road."
Formerly it was under the assumption that the city owned the first half of the road that begins at Route 129, which creates the northernmost of three entrances of the Lighthouse Cove development, and Shadow Lakes owned the remaining portion that led up to the gate. According to the mayor, Shadow Lakes discovered that the approximate 910 foot section of the road prior to the gate was not officially under it's ownership. As it turned out, it was technically situated on the property purchased by Dzabiri in February 2012. After this was realized, the road was then closed to any form of public and/or emergency vehicle traffic per the private land owner.
The city's initial desire for obtaining ownership of the road first began three months after the access to the road had been posted as being forbidden by any and all motorists who wished to travel it. During the public commentary portion of a regularly scheduled city council meeting held on Thursday, April 26, 2012, a member of the community spoke out on behalf of her neighbors. Joyce Nadel, a Shadow Lakes resident, requested assistance from the city, police and fire departments to have the rear access to her subdivision re-opened. She said she had safety concerns for herself and the other 900 plus residents of Shadow Lakes. She pointed out that since Dzabiri purchased the property next to Shadow Lakes, nobody including the city's first responders could get in via the rear entrance. She added that she was concerned, for in the event of an emergency situation, that they would have limited ways to exit the area.
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