East Dundee factory fined $3,500 for odors, poor landscaping maintenance

Disagreeable odors and unkempt landscaping have netted more than $3,500 in fines for an East Dundee factory.

During an administrative adjudication hearing Wednesday, the fines were levied against Maiden Industrial LLC, owner of the property at 7 Maiden Lane.

Formerly home to Haeger Potteries, Golden Plastics USA, which specializes in film and plastic bag processing, took over the several acres of buildings on the site last winter.

Gene Staples, who purchased Golden Plastics USA last November, opted to move the manufacturing plant from its location at 290 Illinois St., to the Haeger site in order to accommodate the company’s expected growth. He told East Dundee officials he would be investing about $1.2 million in upgrading the Haeger factory.

A representative for Maiden Industrials LLC was given notice to appear at Wednesday’s meeting for violations such as failure to have a private well on the property sealed by a licensed contractor, failure to maintain grass and weeds and odors emitting from the Maiden Lane site, officials said.

However, no one from the company attended.

On Thursday, Staples said he was not aware of the fines levied against the company.

“I was told of the hearing, however we had a face to face meeting with the village on Sept. 12 and (were) told by the village manager that due to the positive communication at such meeting, they had enough to agree to continue the matters set for the hearing, while we continue ongoing investigations and discussions,” he said. “So I am less than happy that the village did not follow through on their part.”

At the hearing, East Dundee Building Inspector Chris Ranieri said Golden Plastics had complied with some earlier complaints. For instance, the company was told to cease using the private well on the property, which it did.

As for the requirement to have the well sealed, “he did get one bid to get it capped and sealed,” Ranieri said.

“He was working…

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