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Oakwood Hills to reopen Tuesday with security in place

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 2:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 11:28 p.m. CDT
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Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com Community members listen as Conrad Anderson, senior director of engineering for Enventure Partners, answers questions about the proposed Oakwood Hills power plant during an open house.
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The long sought energy facility in Oakwood Hills is closer to reality as a joint project between Northland Power and Enventure Partners would bring a 430-megawatt electric generating facility to the area.

OAKWOOD HILLS – Oakwood Hills officials confirmed Tuesday that Village Hall is scheduled to reopen to the public Sept. 2 with security measures in place.

Oakwood Hills President Melanie Funk said in an email Tuesday she had a conversation with a member of the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office Friday and informed them village clerks have been working but with the doors to the building locked until a security plan is implemented.

At the request of local legislators, the Attorney General’s Office had been looking into why the village has remained close for nearly a month.

“There is the misconception that no one was working,” Funk said. “Our clerks have been working, but the doors are locked because we have no safety precautions in place.”

Peter Goldman, chief of police for Oakwood Hills, said the security plan will include an on-duty officer in Village Hall that will check visitors as they enter – similar to a courthouse procedure.

During the Village Hall shutdown that started the first weekend in August, Funk said many services continued including police operations and the building department supervisor as he does not require Village Hall to be open.

Funk also noted that trustees have been available by email and phone.

Oakwood Hills officials decided to suspend Village Hall hours in early August after Funk initially cited threats made to officials during public meetings on a proposed $450 million power plant that drew strong opposition.

No documented cases of threats existed, which inspired state. Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, and state Sen. Dan Duffy, R-Lake Barrington, to ask the Illinois Attorney General to investigate the situation.

The Illinois Attorney General wrote a letter to village leaders Friday asking them to reopen the facility to the public.

The next Village Board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 4 while the next hearing involving the power plant proposal is set for Oct. 9.

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