HOOPESTON — The new playground area at Hoopeston's McFerren Park will open Saturday.

Alderman Alex Houmes said at Tuesday's city council meeting the equipment is "being bolted together, there was still some dirt work needed to level the ground" and, barring any weather issues, the playground will open Saturday.

Last October, 50 mph winds hit Hoopeston suddenly and toppled a huge tree by the playground in the park, crushing most of the equipment. The only salvageable part of the equipment, said Houmes, was the fire truck.

"We contacted our insurance," said Houmes last October. "The current equipment was only insured for $50,000. Replacement equipment, equivalent in size and features, runs around $100,000."

Logan Cronk, Vermilion Advantage, helped Houmes contact Game Through Time Cunningham Recreation and received a 50/50 grant to help pay for new equipment,

In other areas of the park, Houmes said the Jaycees' project work had been started on the basketball court in McFerren Park and the tennis court in the North Side Park. The Jaycees also plan to replace the sidewalks at the Girl Scout House. The city landscaped the area around the Girl Scout House with the Girl Scouts helping with the planting.

In other council business, the 5th Street sewer project was completed, according to Tracy M. Fullen, civil engineer for Donohue & Associate, Inc. One manhole at 715 E. Thompson had to be put in service. It would take another four weeks, said Fullen, to complete the entire sewer project.

The appropriation ordinance was discussed and must be passed on July 16, according to Alderman Bill Goodwine. He said there would be public meeting on the appropriation ordinance at 6:45 p.m. July 16 prior to the next regular council meeting. The ordinance is available to the public at city hall, he added, and published in the newspapers.

Dias Construction's bid of $2,080 was approved unanimously to fix the masonry and place a cap on the end of on the Perkins building, 207 E. Main St., before a rubber roof could be placed on the building. The building was damaged when the William's building was torn down next to it.

The Motor Fuel Tax project bid of $92,927.20 to replace 300 feet on West Elm Street from the south entrance of McFerren Park to 9th Avenue by A & A Concrete of Ludlow was approved unanimously.

Beverly Larkin , 427 W. Chestnut, said she was having trouble with her trash pickup. A man from Republic Services came to her house, picked up the trash and brought the trash can back. According to the man who did it, she was a senior citizen and the company would do that. They went by Tuesday, she said, but the trash was not picked up.

Houmes said that trash pickup for the elderly actually stopped when Rich Gallaway was no longer there. Alderman Carl Ankenbrand said he would check into the issue.

Chamber President Valarie Hinkle contacted the Realtor for the Pamida parking lot due to all the holes in the lot. Hinkle gave the woman the name of a contractor, she called him, and Bob Brown of Built to Last Construction was supposed to give the Realtor an estimate to repair the parking lot and the potholes.

The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 16 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.