Larsen Property Stable Left in Disarray; Village Board Discusses What's Next for Facility

The former tenants of a stable at 1109 Pyott Road in Lake in the Hills left behind piles of manure and debris when they moved out in February.

When the former tenants of a horse stable owned by the village of Lake in the Hills moved out earlier this year, they left behind an unwelcome mess. 

Now the village of Lake in the Hills is tasked with the clean-up of the stable facility located at 1109 Pyott Road littered with debris and piles of manure.

Village staff asked the Lake in the Hills Village Board for direction on what to do with the facility moving forward.

"What we are trying to figure out is what's next," said village administrator Gerald Sagona. "If we are going to re-rent the building, we should get going (on clean up)." 

The Village Board OK'd village staff's reommendation to remove a windmill, milk house, small barn and lean-to, which had various structural issues, from the property and to pay for the cleanup. 

"There are safety concerns," said Lake in the Hills Village Trustee Stephen Harlfinger. "Yeah, these buildings should be taken care of as soon as possible." 

Village staff estimates it will take 279 hours of labor and $5,5,25 in materials to clean up debris and manure left behind by the former tenants and to make bathrooms operational in the facility, according to village board documents.

The village plans to conduct that clean-up in April. 

Then in May, the village estimates 168 hours of labor will be needed to remove a small barn, milk house, lean-to and windmill. 

The Future of Larsen Property Stable

The village board during an April 10 meeting discussed the future of the facility, which had been owned by the Larsen family of Lake in the Hills and is on the same property of the newly-opened Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Food Pantry. The pantry moved this past week from a location on Oak Street to a refurbished pole barn toward the back of the property at 1109 Pyott Road. 

Gordon Larsen and his wife, Joann, who have both passed away, were influential to the village of LITH. Gordon Larsen was a well-known developer and businessman in Lake in the Hills for decades, according to the village of LITH website. 

Trustee Russ Ruzasnki said since the food pantry is now located on the property, the village board might want to look into creating some sort of community-oriented facility or organization in the stable at some point. 

Trustee Stephen Harlfinger spoke on the importance of maintaining the facility. 

"I think we should continue to look into preserving that barn," Harlfinger said. 

The village of Lake in the Hills estimates it would cost $8,700 to complete work on electrical, plumbing and other general repairs to make the facility "fully functional," according to village documents. 

Other improvements that could be explored down the road for the facility include updates to make the property more attractive to tenants, new space heaters and upgrades to insulation, exterior doors to help contain the heat and other structural improvements to the barn, according to village board documents. 

Pooky H April 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Why are we so quick to destroy and eradicate our rural history instead of trying to preserve it?
Paul Godlewski April 20, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Anyone going after the tenants for the damages? Why should they be allowed to skate?
Amie Schaenzer April 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Hi Paul, yes, staff from the village of LITH mentioned during the meeting they would be taking this to court.
Kristen Kay April 20, 2012 at 02:13 PM
The question you should be asking is WHY tenants left?
Trisha Porreca March 05, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Some of my neighbors just recently informed me of the problems L.I.T.H. had with Somerset because one year later I am now their neighbor and I am looking at a manure pile three times the size as the one in this newspaper article. Any suggestions? Trisha P.


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