"We are at a bad point in our relationship with IDNR," Ballinger said. "We have stopped work, and the next step depends on the IDNR."
In a statement released by the IDNR:
"Since 2010, the current lease-holders have known that the objective of their lease and the priority of the community and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources was to reopen the lodge portion of Eagle Creek Resort. BMDD agreed in writing to invest the funds and make the repairs necessary but has failed to follow through on the agreement despite several extensions.
"Improvements on the property were to be limited to what was necessary, and the resort has always needed to come first. BMDD’s claim that IDNR purposefully withheld information on the condition of sewers is blatantly false. BMDD had access to the facilities before entering into the lease, agreed to be responsible for plumbing and sanitation and compliance with waste and pollution laws, and agreed to repair mechanical systems. IDNR will take the necessary measures to ensure that the interests of the taxpayers of Illinois, and the Shelbyville community, are protected."
Last week the IDNR gave BMDD a 10-day notice of intent to terminate. The letter gives the developer 10 days to show intent to comply or the state has the right to take over the property again.
State Senator Chapin Rose has been working on behalf of Shelby County to make progress on the work at Eagle Creek.
"I am grateful that Director (Marc) Miller has, at my request, intervened personally in this important issue to my constituents and all of central Illinois," Rose said. "I am encouraged by DNR’s strong action in issuing this '10 day' letter – the effect of which will be to either spur the developer to get the hotel up and running or allow us to move on and put this chapter behind us. Bringing finality to the Eagle Creek issue, one way or the other, is an economic imperative for the region. Again, I thank Director Miller for taking the time to personally get involved in this issue after I asked him to do so."