Nearly two months later and the plan commission is still holding hearings on the proposal to install lights at Memorial Field.
At the last plan commission meeting on Oct. 12, commissioners opened it up to public comment. And, tonight residents will most likely get a chance to continue voicing their opinions.
However, at the previous hearing many comments came from members affiliated with either Our Field Our Town, or from other Glen Ellyn commissions.
The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center.
District 87 wants to install lights at Glenbard West High School's Memorial Field, but in order to do so district officials need approval from the village of Glen Ellyn’s board of trustees. Before the issue reaches the trustees, the plan commission will hear testimony from both sides, will weigh the options in accordance with the village code, and will then send a recommendation to trustees. The trustees will then vote on the requested variance.
Glenbard High School District 87's request for variances to install the lights comes after the completion of phase one construction at Memorial Field, finished in the summer of 2010, which includes the installation of a synthetic turf. According to the district, the turf will allow for increased usage. Among the many enhancements, part of that $1.4 million project included installing an underground conduit for future lights. District 87 officials cite the need for a field that can operate longer due to the limited field space at the Glenbard West campus. The $300,000 project to install lights will be funded by donations, not taxpayers.