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McKayManorHooker DeJong's exterior perspective of McKay Manor, Woda Cooper Company's planned housing development for Breese. A zoning hearing for parking at the complex is set for Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.    Breese city officials will hold a zoning hearing Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. for a housing development planned for the north part of the city by an Ohio company.
    The hearing is set to take place at city hall, for a special use permit and variance in an R3 multi-family district. for Woda Cooper Companies' McKay Manor.
    That development would be on the south side of Holy Cross Lane, on vacant property near Litteken Construction.
    The special use permit is required for a planned development, consisting of two apartment buildings totaling 58 units.
    The variance is to reduce parking spaces, from 159 to 120, under the city's zoning requirements.
    Anyone interested in a copy of the information can contact Breese City Hall.
    Breese Mayor Charlie Hilmes, at the Nov. 17 city council meeting, said neighbors around the property in question should be receiving notice of the zoning hearing.
    Hilmes said the city will probably have to hold the meeting by Zoom videoconference, "Unless something changes in the next three weeks," referring to Illinois Department of Public Health's Tier 3 resurgence mitigations on limits of gathering sizes.
    The last zoning hearing the city held was at the Breese American Legion post, for 50 people. Hilmes figured they actually had around 25 people attend.
    Attempts to reach an official at Woda Cooper Companies for details on the project were unsuccessful as of press time Monday.

    The body of Charles J. "Charley" Koerkenmeier, of Breese, was found Nov. 17 at Carlyle Lake's Allen Branch boat ramp, on the lake's west side, according to Clinton County Coroner Philip Moss.
    Koerkenmeier was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m., Moss said.
    Moss said that Koerkenmeier would often go to the Allen Branch area at Carlyle Lake to look at nature and family members assumed he would be in that area.
    The family contacted police, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were able to use sonar equipment and conducted a search. 
    They discovered Koerkenmeier's vehicle completely submerged, and Koerkenmeier's body in the driver's seat.
    Koerkenmeier, of South Main Street, was last seen at his residence at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
    Family members notified the Breese Police Department at 6:29 p.m. on Nov. 12 that Koerkenmeier, a cancer patient, was missing, and they had not had contact with him.
    Breese police, in a press release issued Nov. 13, reported that it appeared Koerkenmeier had not taken prescription medication and left it, along with his wallet and identification, at his residence.
    Search efforts concentrated on areas around Carlyle Lake, according to Breese Police Chief Bob Fix, and included a search for a 2007 white Ford F150 pickup that Koerkenmeier might have been driving.
    Fix said on Nov. 16 that information the police department had was that Koerkenmeier had done some camping in the lake area.
    At 5:40 p.m. on Nov. 17, Breese Police issued another release stating that Koerkenmeier and his vehicle had been located and all search efforts had been terminated.
    There was no additional information about when or where Koerkenmeier was found.
    Moss said Monday morning that no autopsy or toxicology tests would be performed.
    Funeral information for Koerkenmeier appears in today's Breese Journal.

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