GLENWOOD | The Village Board on Tuesday delayed action on a proposed intergovernmental agreement with Brookwood School District 167 over the management of school crossing guards.
Village Administrator Donna Gayden said the village had for many years paid for crossing guards to provide for the safe passage of children in the district.
"We, last year, sent (the district) a notice saying that we were turning the crossing guards over to them," Gayden said.
She said the the school district agreed to pay for the crossing guards but has requested a one-year intergovernmental agreement under which Glenwood Police Chief Demitrous Cook would continue to manage the guards.
Village President Kerry Durkin requested the issue be tabled and expressed concern over several matters, including who would be responsible for paying workers' compensation costs.
"If we don't sign this intergovernmental agreement, then the school district will be responsible for figuring out how to get people out there (to work as crossing guards)," Gayden said.
Crossing guards are currently working at street corners and are still under the management of the village, Gayden said.
Gayden was unsure of the exact cost to provide crossing guards, but said the village always budgeted about $25,000 annually for the service.
D.167 board member Carl Smith encouraged the Village Board to accept the agreement before the decision to table was made.
"We think it would be in the best interest of safety to approve this agreement for the benefit of all parties," Smith said.