An ax throwing range will soon be coming to Plainfield.
Plainfield Trustees Monday night approved a special use request by Axe Factor Throwing to open the indoor recreation business at Route 30 and 135 Street, next to Backroads Pub and Grill
The Village Board had discussed the request at its June 3 meeting, when the applicant Dale Musick reviewed the safety measures in place for the business.
Musick said staff certified by the World Axe Throwing League would not only coach guests but also assess them before allowing them to participate to make sure they are not intoxicated or otherwise in a frame of mind that would preclude a safe experience.
Musick also told trustees the business would not look to attain a liquor license.
The venue would be set up like a shooting range, and individual two-person lanes would be enclosed by nine-gauge chain link fencing, he said.
Urban ax throwing is growing in popularity across the U.S. as an indoor recreational sport, with competitive leagues under the WATL. Companies frequently use it as a corporate team building event.
There are similar venues in the Chicago suburbs, but none exist in any of Plainfield’s neighboring towns.
Musick later said that he and his wife Tracy tried ax throwing in December and fell in love with it. He said it is “absolutely” safe.
“Our goal is to bring a unique entertainment option to the area that can be used for date nights, family gatherings, corporate team building, or just plain fun,” Musick said. “So far, everyone that we have told about Axe Factor can’t wait until we open.”
The Musicks plan the grand opening for Axe Factor Throwing by the middle of July, he said.
Separately, trustees Monday night also approved a $73,400 contract with Strand Associates for engineering to develop a sidewalk connection along Lockport Street from Meadow Lane to Wallin Drive and on South Indian Boundary Line Road from Lockport Street to an existing sidewalk.
This is part of a $400,000 project to fill an almost three-quarter mile pedestrian gap. The village recently acquired a $175,000 state grant and hopes to get more funds from Illinois’ recently passed $45 billion infrastructure bill, Director of Public Works Allen Persons said.
Trustees also approved a site plan for a new 7-Eleven gas station on the northeast corner of Route 59 and Renwick Road.
The Plainfield Police Department recognized its 2018 Officer and Civilian of the Year at Monday night’s meeting.
Sgt. Jeremiah Zigterman was recognized as the Officer of the Year for his 14 years of service with the police department as a patrol officer, school resource officer and tactics instructor. Zigterman received a lifesaving award in 2016 and a meritorious conduct award in 2018.
Police Chief John Konopek said Zigterman is “a true asset to the Plainfield police department and continues to enhance the image of the police department.”
Claudine Paler was recognized by the department as the Civilian of the Year for her 14 years of service as a community service officer.
Konopek said the department has received many letters of gratitude over the years from people whom Paler has helped.
“She continually performs at an exceptional level and constantly exceeds what is expected of her,” Konopek said.
Mayor Michael Collins also awarded a plaque to outgoing Police Commissioner Michael Nott for his 25 years of service on the Plainfield Board of Police Commissioners.