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2/26/2013 8:14:00 PM
Roth amendment will facilitate dam transfers
Staff report

No matter how much work it does toward that end, the city cannot turn the Kankakee River dam over to the state until there is a change in state legislation.

City administrator Tony Graff is still working on the transfer of the Kankakee River and millrace dams to the state of Illinois, an action that city officials believe will eliminate any possible liability on the part of the city or Park District in drowning cases. It will also permit the Department of Natural Resources to proceed with modifications that will eliminate the boil below the stru


The transfer hit a snag, however, when the state of Illinois transferred jurisdiction over navigable waterways from the Illinois Department of Transportation to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The original legislation, the Dam Transfer Act, was approved in late 1992. It gave the Illinois Department of Transportation the authority to accept the transfer as well as reconstruct, repair, restore, rehabilitate or demolish it.

House Bill 1569 was introduced by Representative Pam Roth, R-75 on Feb. 13. It amends the Dam Transfer Act, changing the presiding agency.

The amendments permit the city to turn over the dam, its abutments, the millrace, the millrace structures and easements to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, although not all easements are in place.

The bill was moved out of the House Rules Committee Monday, Feb. 25, and is now on the docket for discussion by the Agriculture and Conservation Committee.

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