A Shiloh family rooted in local history raised concerns about the re-naming of a street that has been in their family for four generations.
Mark Richardson, the son-in-law of Allen and Eyvone Klein made an emotional appeal to the Village of Shiloh Board of Trustees following Monday’s Committee at Large meeting.
K&K stood for Klucker and Klein, two very prominent old Shiloh families.
Mark Richardson, Klein family member
Richardson said his family is very concerned about the private road being renamed to Four Pines Lane after decades of having the road named after a local business owner.
We don’t want Shiloh to forget Klucker and Klein, My father-in-law, Allen Klein’s, brother, Charles ‘Bozo’ Klein, is the man represented on the bronze statue in front of Klucker Hall, which Allen’s uncle helped build too.
The news of the name change was presented in a single page memo that was “buried in the agenda packet on page 32,” according to Trustee Greg O’Neil.
He said he didn’t even see the notice until late Monday afternoon.
Shiloh Village Engineer on April 20 wrote a memorandum to the Planning and Development Committee and the Shiloh Board of Trustees, informing them that 911 approved the name change of the private street known as K & K Lane to Four Pines Lane.”
Etling questioned the family if they received the notice from 911.
“Everyone on the road is supposed to be notified of it before it happens,” Etling said. “We got one.”
Jennifer Richardson, daughter of the property owner’s Allen and Eyvone Klein, said she only found out on Sunday afternoon.
“And that was merely because a local neighbor Greg Peterson alerted us after reviewing the agenda packet posted online on Sunday,” she said. “That is not because we received notice from the village, county or 911.”
Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier responded to the family’s concerns.
Unfortunately, it is out of our hands because this is a procedural issue.
Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier
“It’s a private road and 911 established the change of the name, not the village or the board. I’m sorry but you need appeal this with St. Clair County. Maybe, Herb Simmons could assist in finding out more information.”
In his request to have the road renamed, Thomas Martindale stated he asked Etling to change the street name because he owns the private lane, St. Clair County 911 Coordinator Herb Simmons said Tuesday.
Martindale stated he contacted Etling, who said it was a private lane, which Martindale maintains, Simmons said.
On March 30, Martindale wrote a formal request to the county’s 911 administrative office, seeking finals approval.
The county has since approved the request, citing the name changed was approved for 911 purposes, Simmons said, and added there is no appeal process unless some conflict is found.
At this time, there has been no conflict found, Simmons said.
There are two residential properties on the lane, including one owned by Martindale. The other property at 3375 Four Pines, owned by the Klein’s (and occupied by the Richardsons) has no legal interest in the property other than ingress or egress issues, Simmons said.
The lone other building is Martindale’s commercial property, Simmons said
Four Pines Storage Solutions LLC is located at 3211 Four Pines Lane, formerly known as 3211 K&K Lane, in Shiloh.
The business recently began referring to itself additionally as Four Pines Firearms or Gun Shop.
Jennifer’s husband Mark Richardson thanked the board for listening, and requested, “In the very least, if all of this ends up happening permanently can our family have the road sign?”
The mayor agreed to fulfill his request.
On the Four Pines website, Martindale advertises “...Over 12 acres of outdoor RV, boat and trailer storage and 6,500 square feet of indoor storage available. We will be adding 300 indoor units next year with a future plan of 2,000 more.”
“We have to pass his property to get to ours, and accessibility has been an issue before, so who’s to say that when he starts getting more U-Haul’s and building more storage facilities that it’s not going to get worse,” Jennifer said.
Approved items of business
▪ March 28 meeting minutes
In other news, the Shiloh Board of Trustees approved:
▪ Tom Brown reappointment to the Shiloh Police Pension Board for a two-year term. beginning in May;
▪ Frierdich Fireworks stand permit request from June 25 to July 4;
▪ The Fiscal year 2016-17 budget appropriation; and
▪ A crossing guard request from Shiloh School District 85;
▪ A request for at least one truck load of large boulders and cement chunks (rip rap) to be placed behind 4216 Cowdray Park Court;
▪ An Easement agreement for Three Springs Lake area for the construction of Three Springs Lake Trail;
▪ Streets proposed for milling, reflective crack control and overlay for Innsbruck, Sir Lawrence, Vintage Forest and a portion of Acorn Lakes; and
▪ Awarding a contract to lowest bidder, H & M Backhoe, for $86,371.50 for Phase III of Oak Street improvements.