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Shorewood trustees hire recruiting firm, spend $1.1M on land for new police station

Trustees also approve $1.1M to buy land for police station

Speedway has plans to add an outdoor patio and a new wrap on the fueling canopy and building of the station on the northwest corner of Black Road and Brookforest Avenue in Shorewood.
Speedway has plans to add an outdoor patio and a new wrap on the fueling canopy and building of the station on the northwest corner of Black Road and Brookforest Avenue in Shorewood.

Members of the Shorewood Village Board agreed to hire an executive recruiting firm to search for the next village administrator, and they spent $1,175,000 on land for a new police station during a meeting Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, GovHR USA Vice President Sarah McKee spoke to the board about the retirement of Village Administrator Roger Barrowman. The board agreed that this was a positive way to find someone for the post, and the action item was added to Tuesday’s agenda.

The board agreed to hire GovHR for $20,000 to find a replacement for Barrowman, which comes with a two-year guarantee. The first step will be to interview the board and staff to come up with a list of job duties and expectations before the post is advertised.

Barrowman will retire in July.

Trustees also approved buying land for a new police station on the southwest corner of Route 52 and Wynstone Drive for $1,175,000.

Barrowman said the approval only was for the land, and construction of a new building likely will occur more than 10 years from now.

Trustees heard from WT Group project manager Frank Petrich Jr. and Speedway project manager Michael Mihalik about a new project at its more successful locations.

Speedway has chosen to build patios at specific stores and has requested approval of a site plan amendment for the station at
800 Brookforest Ave., the northwest corner of Black Road and Brookforest Avenue, Mihalik said.

The amendment consisted of approving an outdoor patio area, an addition to the rear of the building for a new walk-in cooler and freezer, and updates to the wrapping of the fueling canopy and building, according to the site plan.

Trustee Anthony Luciano questioned the patio hours of operation and surveillance. He said there is not a clear view of the patio from the inside of the station, which brings safety concerns. When told it would be open
24 hours a day, Luciano said he would be worried about it becoming a late-night hangout spot.

Mihalik said he was not aware of problems at other stations that have the patios and said security cameras can be placed on the patio and front counter. Employees clean and monitor the outside of the property on a routine basis.

The board unanimously adopted the amendment.

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