- One important issue to be decided in 2017 (both short and long term) is the Winnetka School’s enrollment imbalance. Crow Island school been experiencing overcrowding while Hubbard Woods and Greeley schools have empty classrooms. Several solutions are being considered
- Dealing with excess stormwater and flooding continues to be a priority for Winnetka. The costly Willow Road tunnel plan was abandoned and alternative solutions are being sought.
- Dwyer Park in downtown Winnetka (adjacent to the post office) will be renovated in 2017. The work will include new light poles, movable gazebo, the addition of a concrete patio with permanent picnic tables, removal of some trees, expansion of the butterfly garden, updating playground equipment, construction of a portable bean bag toss, and a concrete ping pong table. And of course, landscaping.
- Stormwater is also an issue west of Ridge Road in Wilmette. The project came in at $77 million and the Village is currently seeking another opinion from a second engineering firm.
- A smaller-scale plan is in development for Wilmette’s lakeside parks. After receiving community input through a survey, the priority items to be tackled are a new beach house and parking lot. 2017 will be a planning and designing year – no construction.
- 2017 will primarily be a planning and developing year. The one item to be implemented soon, however, is the delivery of water from Wilmette. The current water station in Kenilworth will be decommissioned and discussions will begin on its future use. Interestingly, I learned that Kenilworth has built a booster pump station to increase water pressure since Wilmette’s is lower than Kenilworth.
- Glencoe will have one new restaurant - Valor, and one new wine bar - Tudor Wine Bar, both coming to Glencoe soon.