By Meridith Jumisko
Zion-Benton News staff
Many years ago, Winthrop Harbor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7448 created a war memorial at the Ninth Street entrance of Village Park. It has seen its share of vandalism over the years, including during the past month. At Tuesday’s regular village board meeting in Winthrop Harbor, Richard Coombe, Jr. with the VFW urged the board and police department to get the word out about the latest incident.
It’s estimated that $3,000 in damage was done: lights were smashed and the eternal flame was taken. It was discussed to add another security camera to the park; this one will focus on the memorial. The cost of the camera will be donated by the VFW, or a veteran who services security cameras. The message to be shared, according to Trustee Dana McCarthy, is to remind everyone this is a community memorial.
Among the services/ceremonies that take place for the public at the memorial are Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs. Residents have purchased bricks for the walkway in honor of or in memory of veterans. A proposed upcoming addition to the memorial – at no cost to the village – is a decommissioned M4 Sherman tank from Fort Sheridan.
Everyone should take pride in the memorial and what it stands for, be respectful of it, and also be vigilant. Report any suspicious activity to the police department.
The VFW gives a lot back to the community, including during Tuesday’s meeting. The new commander of the local VFW post, Dave Stewart, presented $500 checks for the local Toys 4 Our Tots program, the recreation department’s basketball program and the public works department.
By Mona Shannon
Zion-Benton News staff
The Zion City Council approved two intergovernmental agreements with the Village of Gurnee at its regular meeting Tuesday night that allow for consolidation of emergency dispatch for the two communities.
The move is mandated by state law. The state now requires that communities with a service area of 25,000 or less must consolidate their dispatch with another community.
Zion had considered merging with either Winthrop Harbor or Gurnee but chose Gurnee as it has more to offer now and in the future.
Zion Fire Chief John Lewis asked the council to approve a Dispatch Services Agreement and an intergovernmental agreement establishing a Joint Emergency Telephone Systems Board. Approval of the agreements allows the communities to move ahead on the nuts and bolts of the project which has a July 1 deadline, said Lewis. He said the goal is to complete consolidation by May 1.
Both agreements had been revised to meet the needs of both communities and were seen by legal counsel. Emergency dispatch for both police and fire for both communities will be located in Gurnee.
The Razzle Dazzles twirling teams held their holiday show Dec. 4. Santa made a special appearance and Razzle Dazzles families donated new clothing items and new toys for several needy children in the Zion area.
Amar, 5, of Waukegan, visits with Santa at the Shiloh House Nov. 30 during
an open house following the Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s treelighting.
Amar is a kidney cancer survivor, which he had at age 2.
Surah Sanders and her dad attended the event after parent conferences.
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