Hampshire village administrator leaving for Wauconda
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News October 18, 2013 1:38PM
Updated: November 21, 2013 6:43AM
HAMPSHIRE — Village President Jeffrey Magnussen announced this week that Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner will be leaving his post on Nov. 8.
He has been hired as the new city administrator for the City of Wauconda.
“I have enjoyed working with Mr. Maxeiner,” said Magnussen.
Maxeiner started working for Hampshire as interim village administrator in January, 2011. He was named as village administrator in August, 2011.
Maxeiner has also worked as a city administrator for the City of Marengo from January to November, 2002, and as city administrator for the City of McHenry from 2002 to 2010. He earned a MPA in Urban Management from Northern Illinois University. At Eastern Illinois University, he earned both a Master’s degree in Political Science/Government and a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science.
In addition to the need for a new village administrator, the village has been looking for people who would be interested in serving on the plan commission.
“We’re looking into the feasibility of combining the plan commission with the zoning board,” Maxeiner said. “All members would have to be village residents.”
In other news, negotiations are breathing new life into the Tuscany Woods subdivision. A public hearing was held this week on a proposed amendment and restatement of the development agreement on the unfinished development.
“Tuscany Woods will now be two units,” said village attorney Mark Schuster. “Unit 1 is the plotted subdivision. All the rest of the development is being called Unit 2.”
Unit 1 has been designed to have 342 dwelling units. There have been 77 certificates of occupancy issued. Infrastructure, such as roads, sewer and water, are in place.
“There is a new water tower and new interceptor sewer,” said Schuster.
“Property taxes for the undeveloped property within Unit 1 and 2 in the Tuscany Woods subdivision were not paid in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 tax years,” Maxeiner said. “Included in these unpaid taxes were the SSA taxes due for SSA #13 to repay public improvement bonds for the subdivision. The outstanding taxes are now delinquent and have been offered via tax sale by the County. To date, no party has purchased the tax liens. Kane County holds the Certificates of Purchase on the tax parcels.”
The village has worked with the owner of Unit 2 and bond holders to negotiate with Kane County on outstanding taxes. A proposal was submitted to the county, and a settlement agreement was reached.
“In short, the agreement calls for the village, using developer and bond holder funds, to pay the County $250,000 for the release of the certificates of tax sale,” Maxeiner said. “This is not the final document,” Schuster said. “It seems like we are finally nearing the finish line regarding this development area so that we can move on and start building houses.”