The Greenville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to replace the gazebo on the northeast corner of the courthouse square. In the recent Bond County Board Meeting, Chamber Director John Goldsmith updated the board on the progress and emphasized that his goal was to replace the gazebo with little or no cost to the county.
Goldsmith told us some progress is being made with getting the gazebo replaced. He said the project was still in the “fact finding” stage.
“We’re doing the research on the kits. There’s no doubt it’s more economical to replace the gazebo,” said Goldsmith. “We’ve had an offer from Kaskaskia College’s Building Trades program to assemble the gazebo and deliver it to the courthouse grounds at no cost.”
Goldsmith told us a local man has offered to disassemble the current gazebo and remove it from the courthouse lawn free of charge.
“We’re trying to keep the cost down as much as possible, especially knowing the challenging financial times that the Bond County Board is facing. We’d like to do this with minimal financial participation on their part and perhaps do some fundraising in the community to get it replaced.”
The gazebo was originally a gift from the Greenville Business and Professional Association and the Greenville Women’s Club. Goldsmith told the county board he hoped to have the gazebo replaced by this summer.