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Open Orchard Road pond for fishing under new ownership?

The Kendall County Board said it would be amendable to changing ownership of a pond along the east side of Orchard Road near Oswego after a resident asked if the site could be opened to the public for fishing.

The county-owned pond located along the north side of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway tracks has been closed to the public due to safety and maintenance reasons. But during a county board meeting Tuesday, April 20, in Yorkville, Jon Marmolejo asked officials what could be done to take the “no trespassing” signs away from the pond.

“I’m trying to get a lot of the veterans out. I do have three right now that I take fishing,” Marmolejo said, adding he had started a non-profit focusing on veterans. “We’d really like to fish there.”

Though county officials said doing something about the pond would require further discussion, the board suggested it could potentially be given to the Oswegoland Park District.

“Since they are a district they would probably have the funds to do something like this,” said Amy Cesich, a board member.

County Administrator Scott Koeppel rattled off a list of reasons why the pond is closed to the public, including trash, parking and traffic along Orchard Road.

“It’s not set up and designed to be a fishing area,” Koeppel said. “Things could happen if the County Board decided to perhaps make this into something. It’s not really something the county does often. This would maybe be better done by the (Kendall County) Forest Preserve District or the Oswegoland Park District.”

Contractors for the county built the pond as a borrow pit in the 1990s as part of the construction of the Orchard Road railroad overpass bridge.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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