Larry K Schaffter news article 2008
LAKE IN THE HILLS: LARRY K. SCHAFFTER Sanitary district chief remembered fondly By TIM KANE tkane a'nwherald.com LAKE IN THE HILLS - A 71-year-old former village trustee who was appointed president of the sanitary district in 1995 and oversaw the expansion of the wastewater treatment fa cility died last week. Larry K. Schaffter, president of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District, died Friday at St. Larry Schaffter Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Schaffter was a village trustee and chairman of the Road Commission from 1972 to 1976. He joined the sanitary district in 1978 as a trustee and was appointed president in 1995. During his tenure with the sanitary district, the population grew from 4.800 residents to 31,000, with the district expanding its boundaries to provide service to the village and portions of Crystal Lake and Huntley. Schaffter was worried about the failing septic sys- terns polluting the lakes in town. Schaffter oversaw the plant's expansion to five times its original size. The plant can treat 4.5 million gallons of wastewater a day. Schaffter was employed by Plote Construction for 25 years before retiring in February. "Larry was instrumental in making the sanitary district what it is today," said Ross S. Nelson, district manager. "He grew up in Elgin, and his father owned a small grocery store there. Larry moved to Fox River Grove for a while but settled in Lake in the Hills. He loved it here and used to tell us stories about the early days in town. "He was an avid knife collector and use to tell us about the characters that attended the collector shows." "Larry was a nice guy," Village Administrator Gerald Sagona said. "Nobody has a bad word to say about him." The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A full obituary appears on page 9C.