W. Dundee board heading to the mall (for a meeting)
By Erin Sauder For Sun-Times Media December 12, 2013 12:54PM
Spring Hill Mall has undertaken several initiatives this year to make it more than just a shopping hub, including creating a large area in the center court with comfortable seating to encourage social interaction and a sense of community. The West Dundee Village Board will meet there Monday night. | Erin Sauder for Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 14, 2014 12:55PM
WEST DUNDEE — The West Dundee Village Board is becoming known for its unconventional ways of holding board meetings.
Last summer, in place of a meeting at village hall, trustees opted to take a walking tour of the east side of the community as an initiative for the elected officials to personally see what is going on in the neighborhoods.
And this Monday, the board will host its meeting at Spring Hill Mall.
Village President Chris Nelson said it is another effort at having board meetings go mobile.
“We obviously started in Old Town West Dundee, and we’re moving to the mall,” he said. “When the weather warms, we’ll be going to some of the other neighborhoods we didn’t get a chance to visit already. It’s part of a continuing effort to make sure we’re getting out to the neighborhoods and making ourselves accessible.”
Spring Hill Mall has undertaken several initiatives this year to make it more than just a shopping hub, including adding free Wi-Fi access throughout the entire mall and creating a large area in the center court with comfortable seating to encourage social interaction and a sense of community.
Monday’s village board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Center Court in the mall.
“For this particular venue, there are changes being made to the mall, and we feel that (owner) Rouse Properties has some exciting plans they’ll be discussing in the coming months, so we thought it would be good to see what’s been happening there,” Nelson said.
He said the summer’s walking tour was enlightening for the board.
“It was nice to get put boots on the ground and see what’s happening,” he said. “I know a lot of us get out there anyway, but to go out as a group was helpful.”