Village Responds to 'Keep the Village Green' Committee

The village released this statement Thursday.

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In response to this letter to the editor, the village of Woodridge released this statement on Thursday.

"Over the next several months the Village will be collecting data so that the community can have a healthy, educated discussion on what improvements are needed for the golf course, how that will be paid for, and what the community wants long term for the property."

—Jack Knight, Management Analyst/Deputy Village Clerk at Village of Woodridge.

Frustrated September 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
What do you mean "what the community wants long term for the property?" Has anyone been knocking on the door to city hall saying "You know, I think a Woodman's Grocery store would look really good there instead of a golf course." Healthy, educated discussions are good. Unfortunately, the Village has been silent, except to suggest that redevelopment of the property is somehow an option, and suggesting that the community wants something different. Cut through the crap. If someone is interested in purchasing the property, let the public know now. Shape your debate around tax revenues vs. quality of life, open space, and recreation. Don't hide behind consultants and 'data collection'. You know what the community wants. For 50 years we've wanted a golf course. We voted on it. We've supported it. It's profitable. It's a part of our lives and community. We want open space. You knew it, you sued the school district, and paid $14 million to keep it. Katy Rush did this in Riverside and she was run out of town. Don't let her do it to Woodridge!
michael huber September 22, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Jack, You really crack me up.The Village has an Administrator with a history of developing open space, Trustee's who have to wait for a Consultants report to tell us what they think and a Mayor who prefers Green Bay Packer football games over Village Board Meetings. Got any other good ones?
Jackie Doherty September 24, 2012 at 05:08 AM
What a joke! Hey Jack, next time you make a half ass public statement can you atleast try to pretend like you care about this community and its residents and our wants and needs! Isn't it appearant what the community wants long term for the property? We want open space, recreational area, a place for us to retreat and our children to grow up in a community that has beautiful land and not empty parking lots! Think about the quality of life for our future! What is this Woodman's grocery story anyway? What's so special about it? Is it made of gold? I've never heard of it in my life. And another thing I've never heard of is destroying a beautiful golf course to put up another already failed grocery store (and trust me, it will fail!) when there is one within a mile in every given direction of that location! Ridiculous! Next time, come back with a REAL statement!
BEB September 25, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I think all communities benefit from having a golf course. The bottom line is can it sustain itself? Interest in golf has been declining for 10 years as the profitability of golf courses. It would be great if we could "afford" to have a golf course but unless it's self-sustaining it may be a luxury we can't afford. If not a retail development maybe "upscale" housing.
Doc September 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM
BEB, We asked the Park District...they're not supposed to make a profit. They are supposed to maintain this community asset for the Village. However, they have made a profit every year for 16 years and have put the money back into the course. The Village even admitted that they haven't taken a dime of taxpayer money in 20 years. Knowing those facts, why would they consider redevelopment now...especially considering that property values are at their lowest. The Village is making ZERO sense on this one. If you want to talk about self-sustaining, ask them about the millions they're going to lose on senior housing. Buy for $3 million, sell for $300,000....that's our Village Manager.


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