Park Board to Finalize Land Transaction w/City Later This Month

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Published on August 2 2012 3:00 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham Park Board commissioners Wednesday tabled action on a resolution and ordinance concerning land swaps with the City of Effingham.

Park District Director Jeff Althoff said the Board had questions regarding the legal descriptions of the land involved in the swap.  Althoff said he double-checked with City officials this morning and got the questions cleared up.  He said the Park Board will schedule a special meeting next week to act on the measures.

The resolution and ordinance involve land the City considered as the site of a Sports Complex.  City Administrator Jim Arndt suggested the City transfer the land to the Park District since the district was looking to acquire additional acreage.  Arndt also said the land could be given the Park District to eliminate the annual TIF payments being made to the District by the City.  The City will also receive an easement along the north side of the Park District-owned land north of Evergreen Hollow Park for use as a future roadway.

Althoff said commissioners also discussed fall improvement projects.  The District will take bids on asphalting the roadways at Community Park by the Diane Reynolds Tennis Courts and the 10- and 11-year-old league ball diamond and the southwest diamond at Community.  He said they also plan to purchase six more drinking fountains, with one or two to be placed at each of the three District parks.

Althoff said reports were great on the recent Conference Swim Meet held at Kluthe Memorial Pool on July 21.  Hundreds of people attended and Althoff confirmed that there is some support for the meet to return to Effingham next year.

There was also discussion of the effects of the drought on the fields at District parks.  Althoff said there was particular mention of the softball outfields at Evergreen Hollow, which are the site of Flag Football games.  He said the fields will be watered to "green them up" and to make them a little softer for the footballers.