The feud between the College of DuPage and the Village of Glen Ellyn could soon be over. In a recent closed-door mediation session, both parties reached an agreement where all control and authority over the college and its facilities will be transferred from the Village to DuPage County. COD will remain incorporated into the Village of Glen Ellyn.
“One, we have had sort of an acrimonious relationship over the last few years with the Village,” said Joseph Moore, Associate Vice President of External Relations, College of DuPage. “We look forward to having a more rewarding, fruitful relationship with the village. Two, we now have the opportunity to work with the county. We believe our processes regarding our physical facilities will go more smoothly. And three, we will not be de-annexing from the Village.”
The Village released a statement saying “With this agreement, we have every faith that the College will remain in the Village in perpetuity and that the two institutions will be stronger partners with the County’s assistance. This agreement is a win-win-win-win for taxpayers, the College, the County and the Village,” said Mark Pfefferman, Village President.
The argument began several years ago regarding the degree to which the College needed to adhere to local ordinances.
The two sides have gone back and forth and the College threatened to de-annex.
The new agreement will be reviewed every five years. The parties will then have the option to renew the contract, remain with the Village, subject to Village jurisdiction, or proceed with de-annexation.
If the College decides to proceed with removing themselves from Glen Ellyn, both sides have agreed to terms to it in a way that won’t cost an exuberant amount of money.
The agreement will now go to both the College and Village boards and to DuPage County for approval.
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