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MILLSTADT, Ill. -- A farm owner in the village of Millstadt
won a round in his fight against modernization when a St. Clair
County judge issued an order preventing the construction of a water
line across his land.
William Boardman argued that the water line would service a
subdivision of houses that would threaten his rural way of life. St.
Clair County Associate Judge Richard Aguirre issued an order granting
a preliminary injunction that prevents construction of the line on
"It was a surprise to me. I don't know why the village didn't
fight this," Boardman said.
Aguirre's order stops the water line well short of the Manors of
Millstadt, a subdivision in the early stages of construction.
The injunction affects only a small portion of the two-pronged,
nearly five-mile water line, Millstadt Mayor Weldon Harber said. The
project, funded with a low-interest state loan, will cost about
$860,000 including construction costs and interest.
"We need to take time to think about what we should do," Harber
Frank Miller, who owns the land where the subdivision is being
constructed, said he will try to work with village officials to get a
water line to his development.
Boardman and a group of supporters also are fighting the village
and St. Clair County in court over the county zoning board's decision
to rezone 8,000 acres near Millstadt to accommodate single-family
Village officials say development of the area 14 miles southeast
of St. Louis is inevitable.
"Millstadt's gonna grow whether people like it or not," Harber has
Boardman neighbor Dean Pruitt, 51, said suburbia does not belong
in Millstadt. Pruitt lives on 40 acres and in a home built in the
"It's instinctively wrong to put a subdivision in the middle of a
corn field," Pruitt said, "In a few years ... you'll have suburbia
all over this place."
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