GLENWOOD | The Village Board is expected to vote Aug. 20 on a resolution that would pave the way for AT&T U-verse to begin offering its television and Internet services in the village.
Village Administrator Donna Gayden on Tuesday said AT&T would like to start installing its control boxes in the village, and the board will be asked to approve a landscaping plan.
Patrick McAneney, public works director, said he does not know how many boxes will be needed but they will be installed in parkways in front of homes.
"What AT&T is offering is money to the village to then landscape them, screen them in such a fashion that they're a little more appealing, so they're not such an eyesore in front of the resident's home," McAneney said.
He said AT&T will give the village $1,500 per box to simply install them, or will give $2,000 per box if the village does a walk through with an engineer from AT&T to determine where the boxes will go and what type of landscaping will be used to screen them.
Village President Kerry Durkin said the board will need to decide what input residents will have about the boxes.
"We can't deny AT&T the access, but if we have two or three different landscape designs then the residents should be able to select which one they want," Durkin said.
Tuesday's board meeting took place in Arquilla Park in conjunction with the village's third annual National Night Out Against Crime event.
Child identification kits were available and those who attended were treated to free food and musical entertainment provided by Jamiah on Fire and The Red Machine.
Police Chief Demitrous Cook said he hoped the event would "consolidate Glenwood as one community versus separate subdivisions."
He said the event allows residents to get to know the police and that having the board meeting during the National Night Out Against Crime enables citizens to see their government in action.
Cook encouraged residents to police children in the village when it comes to playing basketball in the streets.
"It's pretty dangerous when they have the basketball court on the parkway and then they run out into the street to retrieve the ball," Cook said.