City of Sycamore to sell land at 258 Lucas St. after former vacant house condemned

City council notebook: Here’s what else happened this week during Sycamore’s City Council meeting

SYCAMORE - A plot of land where a long-vacant home on 258 Lucas St. once sat will soon be for sale by the City of Sycamore.

The Sycamore City Council unanimously approved putting the land up for sale during its regular meeting Monday. The council discussed the sale of the property located at 258 Lucas St. that Acting City Manager Maggie Peck said that the city has spent roughly $18,000 rehabbing.

“The past several years, city staff, administration, the police department, community development and our consulting engineer, Mr. Brady, have been working to address property maintenance at the home at 258 Lucas,” Peck said.

The city bought the property and it was subsequently demolished.

“Earlier this fiscal year, we were able to purchase that property and demolish it after it was determined the house was not salvageable,” Peck said. “In the past few months, contractors have worked to take care of that and the removal of structure. There are two pieces left, and that will be to terminate the water and the sewer services and put the final seeding down. These items will be done in early spring, weather permitting.”

After the council’s unanimous vote 8-0, the house will be put up for sale. Peck said that “it’s our plan just to sell the property and as long as [the new owners are] meeting zoning expectations, they can do what they want to the property.”

In other news

City Treasurer Dan Prombo announced that for the fourth year in a row, the City of Sycamore received the Government Finance Officer Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for their comprehensive annual financial report for 2019.

The council also approved a new ordinance which will strike all language pertaining to defining or using electronic communication devices from the definition of distracted driving. In July 2019, Illinois law, which prohibits distracted driving due to the use of electronic communication devices was modified to classify such conduct as a moving violation.

Katrina J.E. Milton

Award-winning reporter and photographer for Shaw Media publications, including The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek newspapers in DeKalb County, Illinois, since 2012.