Village president wants to 'Keep Lynwood Clean'

2013-09-02T00:00:00Z Village president wants to 'Keep Lynwood Clean'David P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LYNWOOD | Lynwood Village President Gene Williams had some inspiration to begin a municipal program recently.

"I pulled up along side of a car and I saw a lady threw some food out the window and I just couldn't take it," Williams said. "I rolled the window down and got her attention and she said 'I'm awful sorry.'"

It was a chicken wing Williams said he saw thrown out of that car. He thinks it was on Glenwood-Dyer Road. He wants to start a "Keep Lynwood Clean" campaign to make incidents like the one he described at a recent Village Board meeting less frequent.

"I don't usually bother people in the car. I'm afraid of road rage, too," he said. "There are a few people that aren't getting it and we need to make sure that they do. It might be a good thing for us."

There is no timetable or set plan for the program, yet. Williams just asked the board to think about an anti-litter campaign.

In other business, the board issued a tax anticipation warrant of $180,000 with the expectation of collecting the funds in taxes for 2013.

A tax anticipation warrant allows a municipality to pay for projects and bills now in anticipation of receiving tax revenue later. Lynwood issues the warrant annually.

The village also approved the signing of a grant agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The grant pays for the employment of young people working for the village in the summers, Williams said.

The grant from the IDNR is worth $18,774 and allows for 21 positions to be paid. It's part of the Illinois Youth Recreation Corps grant program.

Officials said Lynwood Fest on Aug. 24 was such a success that vendors ran out of food to sell. It was unofficially the largest crowd in the history of the event. The board would like to have more local vendors at next year's festival, Williams said.

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