Curt Graves. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 9, 2013 12:57PM
Curt Graves, former city planner for Crown Point, has been coaxed out of retirement for at least a few days a week.
Ned Kovacevich, head of the Lake County Planning Department, hired Graves two work six hours a day on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Graves has been assigned to work on a project involving derelict buildings.
Graves said that there are about 20 properties in both Calumet Township and south near Shelby that will be divided up between Graves, Kovacevich and Steve Nigro, another Planning Department staff member.
Now the county will be able to enjoy his talents. In his first few days at a desk he has started to go over all the ordinances and rules and regulations for the county building and zoning regulations.
Graves said, “I will be doing planning administration through Steve Nigro and going through the planning and zoning codes, working customer service at the desk handling day to day questions.”
He admits he does get different questions than what came into the city. “You get a lot of animal questions. How many acres for a horse or cattle?”
Newer issues involve alternative energy sources. Kovacevich and the county finally completed an ordinance in place for wind farms. Now Nigro has told Graves, “We have to start working on an ordinance for anyone wanting to set up a solar farm.”
There may be one coming into the county between Route 2 and Shelby, according to Nigro.
The amount of unincorporated land is shrinking as land is annexed into municipalities, but there still are sections of unincorporated land in Calumet Township and south Lake County.