Park Board Places Spending Plan on File; Discusses Improvement Projects

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Published on June 7 2012 2:50 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham Park Board Wednesday placed the tentative budget and appropriations ordinance for the new fiscal year on file for public inspection, anticipating final action on the spending blueprint at the July meeting.

Park District Director Jeff Althoff said the measure anticipates expenditures totaling $3.2 million.  Althoff said the amount is about the same as last year since income hasn't changed much from last year.

The Board also discussed improvement projects now completed and still possible for this year.

One project in the books is the blacktopping of the roads to Paul Smith Field and Gene A. Niccum Field and the parking areas at those diamonds at Community Park.

Althoff also reported that work should be completed within two to three weeks on the new tennis courts north of Kluthe Memorial Pool at Evergreen Hollow Park.  He said the fencing should be in place by next week and then the courts will be painted.

As to what might still be completed this year, Althoff hopes to blacktop another section by the tennis courts and the Little League diamond at Community Park, or resurface the road through the bottoms at Community Park since it continues to deteriorate.

Althoff said he will check on the cost of pouring concrete under the bleachers at the Small Fry diamond at Community Park and the cost of replacing the fencing around the tennis courts at Community Park.

Althoff said he's also checking on the cost of signage that would designate the Rec Center at Hendelmeyer Park as the Ron Diehl Center in honor of the former Park District director.