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New Security Camera System Now in Place at Jurgens Park

Park District employee JJ Carter reported there are now 14 cameras placed in strategic places in Jurgens Park at the regular meeting of the Arthur Community Park District on Monday, November 14. This new system will be beneficial to everyone.

Numerous other projects for the new year were discussed but no motions could be passed due to the lack of a quorum. Members present were President Dan Miller, commissioners Andy Monts and Elliott Tinnon and park employee Carter.

The soccer season has ended and Carter reported that Arthur Grade School Principal Andrew Peralta was pleased with the program. Peralta coaches two soccer teams.

Fair board update: Miller reported they had heard nothing from their attorney regarding the two latest lease proposals. No fair board representative was in attendance due to the fact the fair board just recently received their copy of the proposed two leases. At the present time negotiations are ongoing between the two boards.

In other business before the board:

1. Discussion continued regarding the future of the batting cage/tennis court/basketball court area and what upgrades could be made.

2. Making the nets movable, which would be advantageous in case the board might add pickle ball courts, which is being discussed. Carter said the only two pickle ball courts at the present time are in Arcola and Sullivan.

3. Ball diamond projects were discussed. The board has a current bid of $15,345 for new fencing around the diamonds. Miller stated that he feels like all the new fencing should be black. He thinks this would give the diamonds a good look. Carter will have to talk to the bidder to see what the cost difference will be.

4. The board discussed moving the batting cages to the outfield along with increasing the number of cages and increasing the size of the dugouts at the west diamond.

5. New lighting in conjunction with the Ameren program was discussed. JJ is going to take inventory of all the lighting at the park, outside and inside. The upgrade would include all LED lighting. This will not apply to Brad-O-Clen because they have a different electrical supplier.

6. During general discussion, the board received a check in the amount of $2,500 from Arthur CUSD #305 for usage and supplies of the west softball diamond. Monts stated that he is in hopes the school district adds a line item in their budget for softball. Carter added this was the first time the school district has been active in a cost sharing project since the park district, fair board and school district each paid one-third of the parking area upgrade several years ago. This also included a drainage project.

As part 1 of a 2-part plan for defibrillator machines, the park is going from 3 machines to 5 machines. Cost of this project is funded through the Timm Trust. Arthur Police Chief Mike Goodman presented the project to the Timm Trust committee earlier in the year.

The next meeting of the park district will be Monday, December 12.

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