Shelbyville Daily Union

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March 11, 2014

IDNR sends BMDD 10-day notice about Eagle Creek

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"At no time during the bid selection process did IDNR disclose this condition to the public. This past summer, 2013, without the hotel in operation, raw sewage was spilling onto the surface. "We believe this condition cannot continue to exist," Ballinger said.

In January 2013, BMDD contracted for the remediation of the mold contamination in the lodge and the remediation continued throughout 2013. To date BMDD has spent more than $3 million at Eagle Creek, including the work at the lodge and the golf course. Work at the building included roofing system and drain tiling in addition to the mold remediation.

"We are just about finished with remediation in the building," Ballinger said. "But we can't do anything else until the sewage situation is taken care of."

"The resort has never been profitable. Each of the prior owner failed. they either los the property in foreclosure or allowed the property to deteriorate to a condition that necessitated closure by court order," Ballinger said.

"In 1999, Eagle Creek Resort generated $58,629.10 in Hotel/Motel tax for Shelby County. By 2008 it had deteriorated to $31,219,04. In 2009, only $9,655 was contributed to Shelby County. If the resort was restored to as it was, then the Shelby County office of Tourism may be able to add another staff member and give the Director and increase in pay. If the Resort at Eagle Creek would reopen and operate at a level which utilizes the full value of its location, it could generate enough Hotel/Motel tax to actually increase tourism in Shelby County."

"BMDD began the project with a very positive outlook and, indeed, invested a considerable amount of company funds in the resort at Eagle Creek," Ballinger said. "The Illinois DNR has demonstrated that it is only interested in re-opening the lodge as it was since construction with a sewer system that is antiquated and broken. BMDD believes the short-sightedness of IDNR guarantees failure. The citizens of Shelby County and all of Illinois should know why the Resort at Eagle Creek has not reopened."

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