Don't take away our golf course!
That was the rally cry of Woodridge residents in 2012. And although the Village Board ultimately decided against a possible proposal to study potential land uses for the 18-hole Village Greens, residents showed this year the true function of local government.
About 30 local groups packed Village Hall ready to oppose the land use study, but they didn't need to do anything.
The village administrator told audience members that the village had met with members of the Woodridge Park District this week and had come up with another proposal:
1) The Woodridge Park District and golf staff would prepare a five-year financial plan. The plan would reflect the capital and operational needs to maintain the Village Greens as a mid-range competitive golf course, and the revenue stream to complement those needs.
2) The Park District would consider entering into a long-term lease with the Village Greens. The Woodridge Park District also would issue all debt and be responsible for any financial losses or gains of the golf course.
"Representatives of the Keep the Village Green [Committee] have asked to be part of this public conversation, and the village looks forward to working with the park district and Keep the Village Green on their long-range plan to maintain the golf course and also provides for the capital needs of the various improvements," Village Administrator Kathleen Rush said.
Patch asks: What should the future of the Village Greens be?
Although it seems like much ado over nothing, the way the community came together to rally about a local issue makes this one of the top stories in Woodridge during 2012.