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Glen Ellyn Residents Want Lights at Memorial Field

The outcome of the March referendum is non-binding.

Let there be light. 

The proposition of installing lights at Glenbard West's Memorial Field divided the village of Glen Ellyn but tonight residents got to cast their referendum votes and the results are in: residents want lights at the high school's practice field.

38/38 precincts reporting

Results Percentage Total votes Yes 54.04% 2766 No 45.96% 2352

The referendum results are non-binding and village of Glen Ellyn trustees already unanimously approved the project. Now school board members of Glenbard Township High School District 87 will have to approve the bids to install the lights, among other improvements to the field. But Mary Ozog, school board member and wife to Jim Ozog, attorney representing the Memorial Lights opposition group, hinted that she may not vote in support of project bids. 

The project needed to go through several layers of bureaucracy before getting approval. In total, the road to approval took about a year, all while many residents wanted to cast a final vote in the referendum, asking residents:   

Should High School District 87 be permitted to install and operate permanent stadium field lighting on Memorial Field at Glenbard West High School (consisting of two 60' tall and four 70' tall light towers) for after-dark athletic practices, competitions, and non-school related rentals?

Some say the question was misleading since the district decided not to lease the field, but lights opponents say the compromise came too late to update the referendum question. 

Stay tuned to Patch for more reaction from residents. 

Maria March 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Copy of conveyance of property deed from Village of GE to D87 dated May 2009 is included here: http://glenellyn.org/GE/MemorialField/Memorial%20Field%20Variance%20Petitioner%20Application%20Packet.PDF
ABV March 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
A classic zoning strategy is to attempt to conceal a controversial "change of use" with miscellaneous variance and departure requests on items like set backs, open space, building heights, etc. Another is to creep the use on the property without approvals and then claim the use is "existing."
Jane March 23, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Here is a link to Ordinance 4802. It was never legally recorded on the property by filing it with the DuPage County Recorders Office. Refer to Exhibit B for a pictorial of what was approved. http://www.glenellyn.org/GE/Documents/ordinance%204802.PDF
Dan Smith, Jr. March 23, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Steve, they are changing the parking configuration as a part of the lights work/zoning variance. It is to go from angled parking, to parallel parking which would reduce the number of spaces.
Karen Jones October 28, 2012 at 04:18 PM
These people complaining about noise and lights (which you can barely notice unless you're already obsessed with losing - lawyers, go figure) have a TRAIN RUNNING THRU THEIR BACKYARD, many time daily. So the happy sound of kids playing is intrusive and unbearable, but that train horn and rumble that shakes the foundation of the house is ok. They bought knowing a train could derail into their house. But those lights! THAT's what will drop their property value.

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