They Taylorville Park Board voted unanimously to deny the request of Tom Emmerich, contractor for the irrigation project underway at Lake Shore Golf Course, to pay a shortage of approximately $3300. Apparently, Emmerich, when doing the original assessment of the necessary materials needed for the project, miscounted and was 8 communication cards short for station outputs. These are the computer cards that make it possible for the sprinklers settings to be customized and to be controlled from a remote location. It was felt by the members of the board that since Mr. Emmerich had been paid a $40,000 fee to be the contractor, that it was his mistake and he was liable for the $2939 needed to purchase the cards. The project was approximately $400 over bid prior to the card shortage.
An ordinance was adopted to levy the necessary taxes for fiscal year March 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015. The amount levied was $646,700.
Maintenance Supervisor, Gary Brown, reported that a large crack had been found in the brick archway at the entrance to the park. A call has been made to the company that had repaired it previously, but there has been no response as of yet. Also, the decorating of the grounds for Christmas in the Park is underway. In other business, Taylorville Park Secretary Maryanne Becker informed the board that the state IMRF rate for 2015 had lowered to 7.71%. Bailey Hancock, Recreation Director, gave a report on activities that have been finalized for the upcoming Christmas in the Park. The event will kick off on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 pm when the park will be closed to traffic for the annual Jingle Bell Walk. Most of the popular activities will be back this year, including Bingo, Little Miss and Mister Snowflake contest, Supper with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Kids are Kids Dance just to highlight a few. To find a full schedule of events you may visit the park web site at: taylorvilleparkdistrict.com.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.