The president of the Canal Shores Golf Course is urging golfers to fight a plan to create a roadway easement across what’s now the course’s 10th tee in Wilmette
Chris Carey says the easement would destroy the tee area and much of the fairway as well as harm an “ecologically sensitive area.”
The golf course runs on both sides of the North Shore Channel through portions of Evanston and Wilmette.
Joe Keefe is seeking the easement from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which owns the land, to provide access from Maple Avenue in Wilmette to an otherwise landlocked parcel in Wilmette owned by his Keefe Family Trust.
If the dispute seems familiar, that’s because the trust sought two years ago to gain an easement from Isabella Street to the south across land that lies in Evanston.
The land involved in the current request is leased by the MWRD to the Wilmette Park District which in turn subleases it to the golf course.
In 2016 Keefe said he hoped to realize $2 million from the eventual sale of the trust’s property to a developer who he anticipated would construct four homes on the land, adding to the village’s tax base.
The park district’s board is scheduled to discuss the issue at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilmette Village Hall.