By: Diane Benjamin
From PAGE 3-May 3, 2016 McLean County Zoning Board of Appeals minutes: http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/4650
So, what’s the purpose of this story?
Zoning Board members must appear to taxpayers to not have any financial interests in decisions before their board. Property close to the proposed site has been changing hands since December. Are backroom deals happening for future gravel pit sites? That’s impossible to know unless the parties involved say why these transactions happened. I hear there is A LOT of money in gravel.
The Zoning Board needs to be aware of all the facts when making decisions. There may be nothing improper going on. It does appear that Jim Finnigan should recuse himself from future votes however.
Here’s the story I can document:
The County Board just sent this request back to the Zoning Board of Appeals, I couldn’t find any documentation of on the county website yet. Jim Finnegan is a member of this board, even though he didn’t attend the last hearing. This Jim Finnegan is a farmer, not the local lawyer.
Finnegan has been involved with property just west of this proposed site – in Dewitt County. The Jack Snyder lifetime Trust owned property directly west of Finnigan.
Last December Finnigan purchased property with Kieser Farms LLC.
Both made a tiny profit, the question is why buy in December and sell in June?
It just doesn’t look good.