Soccer tournament put on hold

Park district talks health insurance

PRINCETON — The Princeton Park Board is discussing possible soccer tournaments and how the new healthcare reform law impacts the park district.

At Monday’s meeting, the Princeton Park Board heard from board member Dennis Nink in his position as president of the Illinois Valley United Soccer Club League about a possible soccer tournament in August.

Before the park board could make any decision to grant a field facility allocation permit for a soccer tournament, along with the cost to be delivered, there has to be discussion between the Princeton Park District and Princeton Youth Soccer to determine an appropriate weekend for the proposed soccer tournament, Park District Executive Director Elaine Russell said on Tuesday.

Also, there are still some other questions that need answered. For instance, the park board needs to know the number of teams which would be in the tournament, the needed field sizes, and how many games will be played per day. Also, what would be done in the event of rain, and what about insurance coverage by the soccer league? In Nink’s presentation to the board, many of these details are still pending, Russell said.

In other discussion points about the possible soccer tournament, it was suggested the Princeton Rotary Club would plan to invest in the tournament, including the possible purchase of soccer goals. The park board questioned who would own the soccer goals after the tournament.

Also discussed was the possibility of permanent and temporary advertising at the soccer fields, which are located at Zearing Park. The advertising sign issue was tabled to give the board further time to receive and review the park district’s policy on outdoor banner and temporary signs.

Due to the absence of board member Bob Halberg and Andy Marti, Gene Englehart, board president, recommended further discussion be tabled until all board members could be present.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the park board discussed the impact of the recent health care reform law on the park district.

According to information Russell has gathered, the park district should be able to continue its health and dental insurance coverage without any changes with regards to coverage for part-time employees. Since the park district’s part-time employees are primarily seasonal and temporary hires, those categories have been excluded until 2015.

Russell said she is currently in the process of getting quotes for health insurance renewal. Because of the park district’s low number of full-time employees and the part-time employees not working more than 30 hours a week on a regular basis, the park district is still not required to pay insurance on its part-time, seasonal or temporary employees, she said.

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