Blackberry Township working to renew lease on Elburn Youth Baseball field

By on December 20, 2013

BLACKBERRY TWP.—The Blackberry Township Board hopes to renegotiate a lease that will allow Elburn Youth Baseball to continue playing at McNair Field.

The previous lease negotiated between Blackberry Township and Burr Ridge company Transmission Relay Corporation had lasted 10 years. The lease granted local athletic leagues the use of five of the corporation’s 20 acres located south and east of the intersection of Bateman and Rowe roads in exchange for a fee of $1 a year.

Transmission Relay Corporation had purchased the property in 2003. Located in unincorporated Kane County, the property is zoned for recreational open space. According to Village President Dave Anderson, who was Township Supervisor at the time of purchase, the agreement the new owner made with the previous owners was that it was to be used for athletic fields for Kaneland area athletic leagues.

When the new owners applied for a zoning variance from Kane County to install a tower on the property, the variance was granted on the condition that it would continue to be used for athletic fields.

Elburn Youth Baseball volunteers had begun the process of expanding the field’s parking lot when they received a call telling them to hold off on the expansion. It was then that the baseball organization members realized the lease had expired on April 30 of this year.

Blackberry Township Supervisor Dennis Ryan and Road Commissioner Rod Feece initiated a meeting with owner Lynn Limanowski on Nov. 20 to discuss the renewal of the lease. Feece said the meeting was cordial, and that Limanowski was receptive to the baseball organization continuing to use the field. However, he said she was not open to the property being used for football activities.

A call to Transmission Relay Corporation was not returned by press time.

Sign-up for baseball begins on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Blackberry Township officials said their plan is to get the lease in place before then. They said they will schedule a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 2, to discuss the issues, and then meet with the property owners before their first regular meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 14.