Updated: August 31, 2014 2:16AM
The owner of the Drop In skate park in New Lenox is angry about the village citing him for violating the park’s zoning permit by staying open later than allowed.
Kevin McCullough called the village board “big government” and accused it of interfering with free enterprise by issuing the violation notice that accuses him of staying open until 11 p.m. when his special use permit specifies a 10 p.m. closing.
“The first we knew our hours would be regulated was when we were given a violation,” said McCullough, who with his son owns the skate park, 899 Country Creek Drive.
Mayor Tim Baldermann said McCullough, at the time he applied for the permit, told the village of the intended hours of operation, which were relayed in the permit.
“We don’t ask you (the hours of operation) for our health,” Baldermann told him at last week’s village board meeting, adding that towns regulate a business’ hours of operation for the public good.
Baldermann conceded that the village erred by not mailing the actual permit to McCullough after it had been approved.
To modify a special use permit in New Lenox, a business needs to pay $1,000 to the village — $650 for a staff review and $350 in other costs, such as a published notice and signs at the property informing the public of the proposed change.
Because the village did not mail the permit to McCullough, officials agreed to charge him $350 instead of $1,000, but McCullough balked at paying anything more, saying he had already paid when he applied for the permit the first time.