|Posted by Vance D. Wyatt | Lake County Board Member - District 14 on February 19, 2017 at 1:00 AM|
It has been a few months since my last update on the issues facing the Foss Park District. We have some big projects coming down the line and I wanted to give you an update on a few of them. Projects still being worked on that are not in this newsletter are the Tennis Court resurfacing, 14th Street Administration building and The Beach front. Furthermore, I would like to inform you that we have two citizens that will be running for the two seats that are open in the April Election; Anthony “Tony” Jones and Kenneth Robinson. I look forward to Commissioner Jones returning to the board and Mr. Robinson joining us on the Board. Dr. King will be retiring from the Board after 20 years of service.
Vance D. Wyatt, Commissioner
Foss Park District
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me via email [email protected] or via phone at 224-419-4509. I want to represent you to best of my abilities and will need to hear from you.
2017 Tax Levy
The Board voted on our Tax Levy at a Special Board meeting in December. The Tax Levy would increase property taxes by 28%. I voted No on the tax levy due to the previous 10 years of increases. And instead, the board will look to find ways to cut costs further.
Coles Park rehab
The District approved a revised agreement with the Lake County Housing Authority in December 2016. The Housing Authority planned on completing the application prior to the Start of the new Administration. The current date for ground breaking for the project is March 1st, 2017.
Due to the State’s inability to approve a budget for over two years now. The district has decided to move forward with the project on a smaller scale than was originally proposed. Based on our timeline the Board will accept the bids at the March Meeting with ground breaking taking place on March 6, 2017. The project should be completed and ready to open to the public on July 1st, 2017.
The 2016 Audit was approved by the board at our Special Board meeting in December. As in previous years, the biggest drain on park district resources is the golf course. I have been working with the staff and our Golf Committee to come up with a real plan to deal with this issue. Some options may not be popular. In order to prevent the Park District from going bankrupt due to the Golf Course something big needs to happen.
2017 Park Bonds
The Board approved an Ordinance issuing 2017A Bonds in the approximate amount of $346,595 for the use of capital expenses; such as the Splash Pad construction and Tennis Courts resurfacing. I voted in favor of the measure since we cannot continue to wait for the state to supply their match to our projects. This will help alleviate the loss of cash on hand for the district.