Posted by kankakeegazette.com staff⋅11:30 a.m. Jan 15, 2012.
In August, 2006, Mr. Jensen applied for and received a conditional use permit to build and operate a warehouse on his property. At the same time, Mr. Jensen also applied to the Illinois EPA as River Valley Crematory requesting a permit to construct and operate a crematory. Illinois EPA issued that permit November 1, 2006.
Records show Mr. Jensen never applied to the City of Kankakee for a permit to operate a crematorium until 2011. City Council and the residents adjacent to Mr. Jensen’s property became aware of his plans when Mr. Jensen placed a crematory on his property in 2009 without a permit.
By that time, Mr. Jensen had accumulated a large file of code violations. According to the documents
resulting in an Order of Demolition dated July 27, 2010, Mr. Jensen was dumping car parts and storing his boat on the property, he had never mowed or graded the land which was an eyesore to the residential neighborhood, and had partially constructed a building that was legally ruled unsafe and a hazard that could not be brought up to code.
In addition, Mr. Jensen was not responding to the numerous letters sent by the City and he had not complied with the notices to clean up his property. He also did not pay the assessed fines which included the City of Kankakee mowing the property to rid it of health and safety issues.
So why in early 2011 did the City of Kankakee and the Planning Board recommend that Mr. Jensen be given a permit to operate a crematorium on his property—property whose 2010 taxes were recently sold for non-payment of the total due of $82.93?
Posted by kankakeegazette.com staff⋅6:58 p.m. Jan 14, 2012.