Glenwood trustees pursue casino for village

2014-03-19T12:00:00Z 2014-03-19T21:04:19Z Glenwood trustees pursue casino for villagePaul Czapkowicz Times Correspondent
March 19, 2014 12:00 pm  • 

GLENWOOD | The Village Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes Glenwood to serve as a host for a casino gambling site.

"We were approached by a developer who is interested in taking some options on real estate," Village President Kerry Durkin said.

Durkin said the resolution was basically a housekeeping measure since it would be a waste of time for a developer to pursue land for a casino if the village were not open to negotiating to host one.

Glenwood would be in competition with at least eight other municipalities if the Illinois General Assembly ultimately gives approval for a casino in the south suburbs.

"Whether you're for or against gambling per se, we need the revenue," Trustee Tony Plott said.

Durkin has said if Glenwood is awarded a casino he would like to see the majority of revenues generated to fund a proposed Southeast Metra train line that would stretch to Balmoral Park in Crete.

In other village news:

* The board gave approval to execute a contract with Lumina Inc. to provide Fourth of July fireworks at the Glenwoodie Golf Course at a cost of $11,750.

The board voted 4-2 to approve the contract.

Trustees Plott and Ron Gardiner voted no, and both identified budget concerns as their reasons for doing so.

"Going into the new fiscal year, we're looking at a projected half a million dollar deficit," Plott said.

Gardiner said he would have approved if the village had secured sponsorships to offset some of the cost.

Trustee Rich Nielsen views Independence Day fireworks as something the village needs to provide for its residents.

"We really don't give them much, but we don't have a lot of money to do it with," Nielsen said.

Village Administrator Donna Gayden reported that $900 was spent on police overtime for last year's fireworks show.

* The board voted unanimously to change the start time of Committee of the Whole meetings from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Plott suggested the change to accommodate trustees who have struggled to make the 6 p.m. start due to work commitments.

Committee of the Whole meetings take place the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

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