LYNWOOD | The village of Lynwood is starting a pilot program to hire young people on a temporary basis thanks to a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Trustee Mckinley Dillingham said at Tuesday's board meeting.
The grant is worth $18,774 and will employ a dozen or more Lynwood residents part-time from July 15 to Aug. 9. Lynwood's was one of 77 projects around the state awarded the grant, Village Clerk Karen Wingfield-Bond said.
"This is a good thing. It will be a nice plus for us," Mayor Gene Williams said. "It's something to brag about."
Those hired will work at the village's midsummer sports camp for children, which will be held at Liberty Memorial Park behind the Lynwood fire station. Kids at the camp will be taught the fundamentals of baseball, basketball, volleyball and football as well as agility training, Dillingham said.
The idea is a pilot program for the village and may be expanded in the future, Wingfield-Bond said.
"It's an excellent thing (for Lynwood)," Wingfield-Bond said. "We really appreciate the opportunity (the grant provides)."
In other business, the zoning board approved a request for a special permit to use property at 20343 Stony Island Ave. to park semi tractor trailers between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the stipulation that no loads will be stored overnight.
A 1996 black Chevrolet Caprice used by public works was declared surplus and will be disposed of as salvage.