GLENWOOD | Village trustees have approved $15,000 for the purchase of an electronic traffic control sign.
Police Chief Demitrous Cook said the sign he is looking to buy would have a radar component to indicate when drivers are over the speed limit, but it could also be used to divert traffic.
"It's a sign that we can use in conjunction with Public Works for hazards, because it comes with 103 programmed messages," Cook said.
He said more messages could be added to mitigate hazards, but that the main idea is to slow down vehicles.
"My primary use will be to control speed in school zones, in particular on Cottage Grove as you approach 192nd," Cook said.
He said cars coming down Cottage Grove from Thornton into Glenwood tend to maintain their speed as the speed limit drops from 45 to 40 mph.
Cook said he plans to use forfeiture money to buy the portable, solar-powered sign.
"We have $51,000 in our drug arrest forfeiture fund," he said.
With Trustee Anthony Plott absent, the Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve the purchase.
Cook also told the board that it might notice an increase in overtime because the Police Department is temporarily short three officers.
He said one is on administrative leave and two are recovering from injuries.
He said one officer was injured in a car accident on Main Street about a month and a half ago and another suffered an ankle injury about the same time after chasing an armed robber who ran from Homewood into Glenwood.
Cook also informed the board that he has been elected president of the Emergency Communications (E-COM) operating committee for the coming year.
E-COM is the Homewood-based regional dispatch center for police, fire and public works that serves six local communities, including Glenwood.
Cook said he has also been re-elected as vice president of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team, which he said serves as the SWAT team for southern Cook County.
"Last year we had 54 call-outs," he said. "I missed one call-out."