PRINCETON — A century and a half ago, Civil War cavalry soldiers swooped around opposing armies' flanks and wreaked havoc behind enemy lines.
Last month, Civil War cavalry re-enactors wound up doing a little damage of their own, unintentionally, at City County Park during Shadows of the Blue and Gray, Princeton Park Board members learned this week.
In his report to the board Monday, Keith Scherer, superintendent of parks, said the ground was soft where the battlefield re-enactment took place Oct. 12 and 13, made so by 5 inches of rain that fell prior to the event. As a result, horses’ hooves dug deeply into the grassy areas.
“The large field at City County Park did receive a lot of damage from the horses used during the event,” Scherer stated.
“We have been repairing the damage since the event and will pass on those costs to repair the turf,” he stated.
City County Park received mention in other areas of Scherer’s report.
He reported grass seed has been seeded in areas of the park where the horses for the Civil War event were tied up for the weekend.
Picnic tables and bleachers had to be hauled to different areas of the park for the Civil War event, then moved back to their original positions.
About 20 trees of different varieties were removed in the upper level of the park by Guither’s Tree Service, along with one large sycamore and three medium ash trees on the lower level.
Low-hanging branches on the park’s lower level were also cut back during October.
And soil at City County Park is in the process of being aerated, Scherer reported.
Metro Center roof project
Board members listened to a presentation by Mike Anderson, maintenance coordinator, about the project to replace the 30-year-old roof at the Bureau County Metro Center.
They also spoke by speaker phone with Jerry Purdy, owner of Design Alliance, who has been advising the board on the project, which was delayed because the first contract awarded to R.A. Oldeen of Kewanee was withdrawn because it was discovered the bid specifications had not been followed.
The board approved several tweaks that were suggested to the bid specifications regarding the pool area and the lower level area. The expectation is that bids will be opened the week before Christmas.
•The board approved Central Bank Illinois' low bid of 2.5 percent on the district's 2019 general obligation bond for $790,000. The bond will be repaid over 11 months at a total interest cost of $18,104.17. Midland States Bank and First State Bank also bid on the bond.
• The board adopted the annual tax levy ordinance for 2019, payable in 2020, in the amount of $441,300.
• Executive Director Elaine Russell reported on activities surrounding the 30th anniversary of the Metro Center that took place Oct. 28-Nov. 1. The week included free food, free fitness classes, drawings for memberships and various giveaways.
• The board approved payment of checks totaling $21,804.26.