I have lived at 1440 W. Blackhawk Drive next to the Number 3 fairway since 1991.
I purchased the home because of the idyllic and scenic view that the MPGC provides. I'm sure the other residents who surround the golf course have similar reasons.
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The park district commissioners are approving a revolutionary change that will create turmoil. If the variance is approved we will have a view of black netting soaring above the trees. Not to mention the roosting of birds on top of the net and being entangled in the netting.
Proposing a course within the course is ludicrous. The result will increase traffic, without regard to the tranquillity of the area. There seems to be a lack of consideration for the idyllic surroundings that homeowners enjoy.
In addition, golfers expect their golf course to be available every year and not unavailable for 18-24 months.
Consequently, I am against this variance, as well as disrupting the tranquillity of the neighborhood for several years without a legitimate economic reason.
Change on the course should be transitional and planned out over a number of years without the resulting noise and construction traffic that we will have to bear if the current plan goes forward.
Any change should be viewed as an enhancement to attract more golfers, since it is a public course and not designed for only a few golfers who can afford the current pricing system.
Apparently, there is a lack of understanding by the commissioners that their role is to be conservators of the park district property and maintain conservative fiscally responsible spending of the homeowners tax dollars.
The fact that the park district raised their real estate tax levy by more than 10 percent this last year speaks volumes.
Thomas A. Braun