BY CAROL HICKS
HOOPESTON — The McFerren Park swimming pool soon will have a Splash Pad. City council members unanimously approved a bid Tuesday from Spear Corporation to buiid a Splash Pad next year at a cost of $185,685. Money for the project is in the park accrual fund, according to alderman Carl Ankenbrand.
" It would be an asset for the community," Ankenbrand said.
He added the Splash Pad runs separately from the swimming pool. When it's hot during the Sweetcorn Festival weekend and the pool has closed, the Splash Pad can still be used.
Council members heard a presentation from Susan Chavarria, regional planning manager for Champaign County, with an economic development strategy proposal to assist the city in creating an economic development strategy at a cost not to exceed $10,000.
Chavarria said the proposal would take about 135 hours during a period of four months and would include 10 steps. The commission would provide an existing conditions report for committee members, summary of comments from a public workshop and an economic development strategy which would include 10 paper copies and one digital file of the existing conditions report, goals, objectives and action items, and an implementation plan with priorities, resources, and checklist for achievements.
In other council business, council members approved unanimously a motion to authorize the mayor to sign a contract with Coventry Health Insurance for insurance is in compliance with the Affordable Health Care Act. The present insurance is not in compliance, Alderman Bill Goodwine said.
+ Approved unanimously the resolution authorizing the mayor to execute all documents and agreements necessary to facilitate the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Public Water Supply Loan amendment that the city receive a $729,197 subsidy by way of principal forgiveness to its initial loan and the resolution for pay requests for the water treatment facilities from the Illinois Environmental Association Loan.
Council members also approved the bid of $5,100 to a Watseka salvage company for the 1971 aerial truck. Alderman Joe Fell commented that everything the city fire department could use was removed from the truck.
+ Learned Hoopeston would receive a fourth installment of $25,904 with the Motor Fuel Tax next year from the $500 million local government component plan.
+ Learned the Save The Lorraine Foundation is working on the Lorraine II, getting it operational to show movies to generate income. It was announced on Facebook.com the Foundation now owns the two buildings and is now selling memberships.
The next Hoopeston city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Jan. 7, in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.