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Officials enforcing insurance for Lake in the Hills 2019 Rockin' Ribfest vendors

After a heavy rainstorm caused tens of thousands of dollars in turf damage to Sunset Park in September, the Lake in the Hills Rotary Club is taking steps to ensure its flagship fundraiser next year doesn’t follow suit.

During the Summer Sunset Festival, Lake in the Hills’ annual Labor Day celebration, more than 7 inches of rain fell within a 72-hour period, resulting in significant turf damage from vehicles and equipment leaving Sunset Park.

In response, the village awarded an $82,270 contract to Woodstock-based Landscapes by Gary Weiss Inc. to repair the damage. Because the village’s 2018 budget did not include this unplanned expense, the village sought reimbursement from its insurer, the Illinois Risk Management Agency, for the full amount of the project, less the village’s $10,000 deductible.

During Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, trustees discussed a request for support for the 2019 Rockin’ Rotary Ribfest, which will be from July 11 to 14 and is the club’s signature fundraiser.

Club member Jim Benages said next year’s Rockin’ Ribfest organizers will make sure vendors have insurance to cover any turf damage in the event of heavy rainfall.

Rotary staff also will be on hand to help set up and take down equipment to minimize any environmental damage from the event.

In addition to the food vendors and live entertainment, the Rotary Club will be requesting permission to pursue the addition of a full carnival. If approved, the club would share
25 percent of the net profit of the Ribfest carnival with the village.

The request up for a vote during Thursday’s Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate.

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