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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore sent the following letter on Nov. 15 to some of her constituents regarding the 5-4 vote to allow the Cook County Highway Department to pave over part of the 10th hole of the Evanston Wilmette Golf Course:
“As you may know by now, the MWRD Board of Commissioners voted today (Thursday, November 15) to grant an easement to the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways for the construction of a roadway on District-owned land adjacent to the North Shore Channel near Maple Street in Wilmette. I joined three of my colleagues in voting against the easement, but the final vote was 5-4.
“I am disappointed with the outcome — as, I suspect, you are too.
“Please know that numerous conditions will be placed on the easement that must be met before any road is built. We will work to minimize the negative impacts on nearby houses and on the golf course, and to ensure that no trees will be cut down. No construction can begin until all necessary permits and approvals are obtained from the Village of Wilmette, from Cook County, and from MWRD itself. Finally, it is also possible that today’s vote is not the end of this story. I continue to hope that a different and better solution can be found, and will continue to work with this aim in mind.
“Thank you for remaining in touch with my office through the twists and turns that this issue has taken. I want you to know how much I appreciate your engagement and your continuing interest in this important policy decision, and I invite you to remain in touch with me in the weeks and months to come.”