In exchange for free access to a stretch of land planned for a new bike path connection next to a forthcoming 149-home subdivision on Summit Drive, Schaumburg officials have agreed to take on the costs of landscaping the property.
The cost of mowing the grass every three weeks from April to November is estimated at $4,600 a year, though additional mowings at a cost of $395 each may be necessary from time to time, Schaumburg Transportation Director Karyn Robles said.
While there was some suggestion of allowing more natural growth near the path, the village plans to mow as often as land owner Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America has been, she added.
Because some residents to the north have been using the edge of the property as part of their backyards, there are some items such as playground equipment, plantings and sheds that the company will ensure are removed before the village officially takes over, Robles said.
When the deal with Natural Gas Pipeline was initially struck, some village board members voiced concerns about unknowns that could be inherited with the responsibility for the land's maintenance.
But since then, officials have been satisfied that the agreement entails only periodic mowing and looking after a few trees that will remain on the land, said Trustee Brian Bieschke, who chairs the village's transportation committee.
The 82.5-foot-wide property stretches east from Summit Drive along the northern border of Nitti Development's new Summit Grove subdivision, but not all the way to the subdivision's eastern border at Plum Grove Road, Bieschke said.
Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America is not charging for the use of its property, but the village paid a one-time $2,500 fee to process a legal agreement for the perpetual use of the land.
A precise completion date of the bike path connection hasn't been determined, but it is intended to be an amenity for residents of the area and part of Nitti Development's first phase of construction on the new 62-acre subdivision, Robles said.