Does this mean we’ll get to keep our historic bridge? Not necessarily. The Long Grove Village Board owns the bridge, and as the owner, still has the right to demolish, remove or relocate it. Of course, they also have the right to restore it, and we’ve analyzed the costs and believe this is easily doable. Restoration is the best option for the bridge, though not the cheapest one. Obviously, we’ve been lobbying for this restoration, and we believe that’s what the majority of our community wants as well – some of them so strongly that we’ve received several large donations before we’ve really started our fundraising campaign. But the Trustees need to hear that message from more than just the handful of us that have been leading this effort.
…pause, slowly roll under the cool shade of that cover, rumble over those wood planks, and have the charming historic beauty of downtown Long Grove emerge
Here’s a handy link to email all of the trustees in one fell swoop – email the Long Grove Village Board – let them know you favor restoration and that you want to enable our kids and grandkids to experience what it’s like to pause, slowly roll under the cool shade of that cover, rumble over those wood planks, and have the charming historic beauty of downtown Long Grove emerge as you complete your passage. The Bridge isn’t ready to be euthanized or put out to pasture – the iron is still strong and it’s got many years of service still to give. It just needs a big dose of TLC. Please be civil in your discourse – treat the Trustees like the neighbors they are.