The Kingsbury Park District Board held a public hearing Monday evening on a proposal to issue general obligation bonds that would be used for a major renovation of the swimming pool.
The bond money, not to exceed $300,000, would be combined with state funds the park district has been allotted through the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program.
Board member Barb Smith asked several questions about the bonding process and Gary Trudell, park district resident, told the board he would like to see fewer taxes instead of more. Both asked about the possibility of letting the public vote on the matter. The law allows the district to issue these bonds without a referendum.
Park District Director Jerry Sauerwein told WGEL the bond proposal, “…is not to exceed $300,000, and that’ll be over two years. The bulk of that money will be for securing the park district’s portion of the OSLAD.”
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Sauerwein said the proposed work at the pool would include reworking the bathrooms, a new controls building, some shade structures, a liner in the pool, return piping, and the addition of a splash pad.
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No action could be taken by the board at the hearing. A special meeting will be held on February 22nd, to consider a vote on the bonds.
Sauerwein also announced the building where the park district office is located has been purchased and the district’s rent will increase from $4,000 to $15,000 a year. The park district’s current lease on the building ends in October and comments were made about possibly finding a new location for the office.