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 reportingResults 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.