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Princeton Park District to host LaHood

Public is invited to attend

PRINCETON — The Princeton Park District will host State Sen. Darin LaHood at a community luncheon next week.

At Monday’s meeting of the Princeton Park Board, Executive Director Elaine Russell invited all park board members, as well as park district staff, to attend next week’s luncheon, which is set for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Bureau County Metro Center. Community members are also invited to the luncheon to meet LaHood and enjoy a free lunch of barbecues and hot dogs, chips, a cookie and beverage.

Russell said the Princeton Park District has established a good relationship with LaHood during the past several years, as staff and board members have attended the Illinois Association of Park District’s Legislative Conference in Springfield. They have met LaHood in his office in the Capitol Building, and he has taken them to the floor of the Senate to explain the decision-making process.

“Our goal has always been to have him visit our parks and facilities, and during one of his presentations at the conference this year, he stated that was one of his goals as well,” Russell said. “We feel very fortunate to have received a call requesting a scheduled time.”

In other business at Monday’s park board meeting, Russell said the Metro Center swimming pool remains closed for now, after being closed Monday in order to clean the filtering system.

As part of the update, the park board took a tour of the swimming pool area and the pit which needed to be cleaned. Maintenance coordinator Mike Anderson explained the cleaning process, which involved removing wet rock/sand from a pit, which is usually filled with water, and replacing the filtration elements.

The Metro Center pool will hopefully be reopened by this Friday, Russell said. While the Metro Center pool is closed, members may use the outdoor Alexander Park swimming pool by showing their keycard. 

Also at Monday’s board meeting, Russell reviewed the tentative Metro Center/Enterprise Fund budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The park district is in its final month of the current 2013-14 budget, and the staff will start using the new tentative budget on July 1, with final approval of the new budget coming in September. The park district’s audit will be started in August, which will provide the final figures which she will be used to complete the 2014-15 budget. 

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