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More Than 300 Residents Expected at Tonight's Village Board Meeting

Members of the 'Keep the Village Green' committee say they are concerned about proposed redevelopment plans of the Village Greens Golf Course.

More than 300 residents are expected to attend tonight's Woodridge Village Board meeting. Members of the the "Keep the Village Green" committee say they are concerned about proposed redevelopment plans of the Golf Course.

Last month, the village announced plans to take a look at potential financial investment and land use options for the Village Greens, before including golf course improvements in the five-year capital financial plan that is part of the village's budget. The golf course is in need of several improvements, including a new irrigation system and maintenance facility, which could cost several million dollars, according to an Aug. 23 media announcement from the village.

“The staff is recommending this step as a means to be prudent,” said Village Administrator Kathleen Rush when the village announced plans to conduct a study of the golf course. “We want to ensure that, prior to making a significant investment in the golf course, the Village Board has sufficient data and an opportunity to weigh options and input received from the community.”

Village staff recommended the hiring of a consultant this fall to look at future golf industry trends, golf course capital needs, financing alternatives and potential design reconfigurations, including a possible smaller nine-hole course tied to potential redevelopment.

The day the announcement was made, several residents attended that night's village board meeting to voice their concerns, according to the minutes from the village's Aug. 23 meeting.

Resident Rob Wiess said Woodridge residents voted in 1973 to keep Village Greens as open space and a golf course. He told the board he's been a supporter of the golf course and has been for a long time.

Resident William Dooley said a Village Greens Master Improvement List was created in 2000 and approved by the and the Village of Woodridge.

Resident Jim Day said that he voted 40 years ago to keep the golf course open and asked that the village speak with residents prior to working with a consultant.

Mayor William Murphy said an outside perspective is needed to determine what would be needed to make Village Greens a competitive 18-hole golf course or to determine what other options may exist such as a 9 hole golf course, according to the minutes from the village's Aug. 23 meeting.

The mayor said the village board is seeking information from the consultant to determine the best way to proceed. The study will be provided to the public and there will be an opportunity for the public to provide feedback, he said.

Rush said the study would be completed sometime after the holidays, according to her recollection. The RFP for consultant services has not been issued yet, and review of the submissions would likely occur in September with a consultant selected in October. Rush estimated that results could be expected sometime in January or February.

Adrian September 13, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Can Mayor William Murphy do anything good for village of Woodridge? Every single village meeting I been to board decision was always against village residences. I would like to find out when is next mayor election because mayor like William Murphy is not for village residences, they are for business..very sad news for village of woodridge
Chapman September 13, 2012 at 09:29 PM
There must already be an interested developer. Wonder if its the same one who was trying to redevelop a golf course in Lombard and hired a political insider as their attorney? http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120413/news/704129530/
Frustrated September 14, 2012 at 03:01 PM
No doubt this is a done deal. That's how the Village of Woodridge works. They vote behind closed doors and 'involve' the public after it's been rubber stamped. Just like they 'accidentally' started moving dirt on the Edward Don property before a vote was taken. Time for this Mayor and this administration to leave in favor of someone willing to listen to those who pay their salaries.
Adrian September 14, 2012 at 05:12 PM
does anyone know when is next election? I hope it is soon before Mayor William Murphy sell village to big investor. He gives his opinion before all other board members and most of board members follow his decision don't know because they are afraid or they are also part of close door meeting. plus these people know their decision is not going to impact them since they will earn lots of money and move out by the time they are done with their term. There are two board members who is out spoken everyone else is just follow mayor....investor is getting represented by mayor and his team and village peoples voice never get heard from anyone...very sad.
Frustrated September 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The Mayor was too busy attending the Packers game yesterday to listen to the 100 people who showed up to 'his' Board meeting so their voice could be heard. The Village just put out some B.S. statement about how they want to hire a consultant first, then listen to residents after they've made up their mind. What kind of backasswards thinking is that?
Frustrated September 14, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Adrian, We're determined to let your voice, and any others who have an opinion on bulldozing 121 acres of Woodridge greenspace, be heard. Join us at www.keepthevillagegreen.org and www.facebook.com/keepthevillagegreen
Judith McClure September 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
The Village Greens plan is just more of the "let's hear from our residents" baloney, while the Village just goes ahead with their plans and does what they want. Sort of like the Park District and all their "plans" in which the residents of Woodridge never have a voice. Yes, we go to meetings and try to speak but their "plan" is already in place and goes through anyway. And my taxes continue to escalate. My taxes increased $240.62 in '05, $229.36 in '06, $269.92 in '07, $153.14 in '08, $194.36 in '09, $277.90 in '10 and $263 in '11. Seems like we are always paying for a new "plan." So when will this stop?
Heather Voges September 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM
He's retiring. He just announced it.
Ted Staroscik September 15, 2012 at 11:32 PM
It would be a travesty if Village Greens Golf Course is used for anything but a golf course. VG is one of the reasons it is nice to live around here. Doesn't anyone care about "quality of life?"
Robert Brandt September 16, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Your village taxes increased that much? Impossible.
Adrian September 16, 2012 at 09:36 PM
off course not..every decision has to be made by third party consultant who doesn't live in village and won't have suffer from any bad decision. people who live in village doesn't get to decide anything..they are there to pay taxes and salary of village board members who get paid from investors. I can not believe how this mayor was elected and I am sure he is about to retire so doesn't care about village as much. Residence of village need to be more aware of these issues and give their valuable feedback....I am willing to bet, this deal is already done this is just formality...
Frank Ocean September 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I just hope you all remember this when it comes time to vote for trustees next year. One who's more concerned with what sports team's logo he's going to wear that night than what actually is on the agenda, one who just likes the attention of bad-mouthing the village departments, and others who don't seem to have any idea where they are or what's going on. Vote them out!
Jackie Doherty September 19, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I am so sick by this. My siblings and I just had a memorial tree planted and buried my mother cremations in the gold course a month ago. It took us 2 1/2 yearsto decide what to do with her ashes and when I asked if we has to worry about the property being sold or redeveloped I was assured that that would not happen. The thought of having to go back and dig up our late mother after putting her to rest in the place she was most happy just breaks my heart, and would shatter my family. I am not in Woodridge anymore but i will fight with all I have to see that this renowned attraction to.our beautiful city stay open. KEEP THE VILLAGE GREENS!!!

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