GLENWOOD | Village President Kerry Durkin told the Village Board on Tuesday of a plan to install a shooting range on what is currently village-owned property.
"We were looking at putting a range at the south end of the Glenwoodie Golf Course for law enforcement for target practice, for the Police Department mostly, and then we took the idea of expanding it to open to the public," Durkin said.
A private group has also shown interest in acquiring the property and opening up a range that would allow law enforcement free use, Durkin said.
Trustee Rich Nielsen expressed concern with having target practice take place south of the Glenwoodie driving range.
"I think it would hurt our golf business," Nielsen said.
Durkin said there would be a "considerable amount of distance" between the shooting range and the driving range.
He said more information is forthcoming and the board will likely vote on the matter next month.
In other village news:
The board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Brookwood School District 167 regarding the management of school crossing guards.
Village Administrator Donna Gayden said last week the village for many years had paid for crossing guards but sent the district notice last year that responsibility would be handed over to the district.
The board last week tabled a proposed one-year agreement in which the school district agreed to pay for the crossing guards but requested they remain under the management of Glenwood Police Chief Demitrous Cook.
There was hesitancy by the village to approve the agreement in part because of uncertainty over who would hire the guards.
Durkin said the agreement approved Tuesday guarantees the crossing guards will be hired by and remain employees of the village.
"The school district is just gonna cover all of the expenses," Durkin said.
Either side can opt out of the agreement by notifying the other party by July 1 following the end of a school year. Otherwise, the agreement will renew annually.
The board approved separate redevelopment agreements with the Glenwood Oaks restaurant and Landauer Inc.
The deal with Glenwood Oaks will provide tax increment financing funds for parking lot improvements.
The restaurant owner must first contribute $50,000 to project costs before the village will give a maximum of $250,000.
The agreement with Landauer, a radiation dosimetry provider, will provide a maximum of $500,000 for building improvements.
The Village of Glenwood Parks Program and the Living Springs Community Church will host a Fall Fest from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 in the church parking lot, 19051 S. Halsted St.
There will be trunk-or-treating, a miniature petting zoo, pony rides and inflatables.
Halloween festivities, sponsored by the village of Glenwood Parks Program, will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Arquilla Park Fieldhouse, 225 Park Drive.
There will be a costume contest and treats for children and a bonfire in the park.
Trick-or-treat hours are from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.