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Council receives park project update


Work on the Chenoa park pavilion in recent weeks / photo via Nancy Todd.

Local resident Nancy Todd updated the Chenoa City Council on progress of the new park pavilion, restroom and bleacher project during Tuesday’s regular council meeting.


Todd reported everything is coming along and looking wonderful in the city park.


“People are really noticing the improvement,” she said.


If not for a number of volunteers, the project would have been much more costly. A grand opening is planned for next spring. The roof has been finished, the pavilion is framed and restroom painting is complete. Existing bleachers and a baseball storage building have been painted and the new bleacher seating area is almost finished.


Todd also informed the council of the new Chenoa Revitalization Committee which held a kickoff meeting. The committee involves a group of individuals with representation from the city. Todd would like to see more residents involved to gain momentum on a more inclusive park system for the city.


Prairielands Foundation will assist in funding as they will match donations up to $10,000. The goal is to raise $20,000 for the revitalization effort, according to Todd.


“They are interested in beautifying public lands in this area.”


Bill Bridge of the Brown Jug announced plans for the third annual bean bag tournament Sept. 26 with proceeds helping the fire department and Chenoa Fourth of July Committee. Around $2500 was raised the first year followed by $1500 the second. Axe throwing is planned for the same day. Bridge is seeking a special liquor license for the event to be outside.


Chenoa Public Library director Sheryl Siebert reported on a blues concert planned for Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with recording artist Johnny Burgin and his band performing. The library would like part of the street blocked off to hold the event outdoors. A grant was written for the musical performances at the library.


A bid from All Seasons Roofing for $6,580 was approved for the Community Youth Building. Parks Commissioner Chad Daiker said the city received four different bids. All Seasons Roofing was used in the past and Daiker feels this is cost effective.


Streets Commissioner Joseph Bell noted tree removal starts next Monday. He has received concerns over sight distance near stop signs and alleys. Bell suggested an ordinance so citizens can see around obstacles at intersections. He commended city employees.


“The guys are doing what they can with two of them working right now.”


Water and Sewer Commissioner Lee Reinhart echoed Bell’s positive comments about city workers, saying they are doing an outstanding job despite the city being short- handed.


“Both of them should be commended for what they’ve been able to do this past month,” Reinhart said.


Reinhart also said he is excited about the replacement of the downtown hydrant.


Mayor Chris Wilder told the council McLean County will not offer any more money for Division Street. If the city re-bids the project in January and it comes out the same way as now, they are willing to take the road back.


“My suggestion is to wait until January and bid it back out,” Wilder recommended.


“This is our opportunity to get out of a money pit,” observed Bell.

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