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The Taylorville Park District heard in a report from Recreation Director, Bailey Hancock, of the need for 2 new life guard stands to replace 2 that are no longer safe. It was believed that the stands were the original stands, making them over 50 years old. The cost for the 2 life guard stands is $4590. The monies are in the budget for pool supplies. She also reported the need for several new picnic tables, both regular size and child size. In researching, she received 2 bids in the amount of $7495 from Leisure Craft of North Carolina and $8543 from Melanda Company located in Red Bud, Illinois. Even though the bid from Melanda was higher by about $1000, it was recommended to accept the bid from Melanda because of past experiences with them and because of the close proximity in case of problems. The money for the picnic tables is also in the 2014 budget.

Jeff and Jason Boldig of J & D Golf Management reported on Lake Shore Golf Course. The irrigation system at the course was completed in November of 2014. There was testing done on the system and it was found to be in great working order. The system was also winterized. Computer training is scheduled for the course Superintendant in February. Rounds played was up slightly for 2014 over 2013 numbers and the course is continuing to book new events on both the course and the facilities. Mr. Boldig informed the board that the tent used for many of the events, was damaged beyond repair last year. They are going to try and get through the next couple of years with it, when they may look at the addition of a more permanent structure. All things said and done, it is felt by J & D Golf Management that things are looking up for the course.

In other business, Maintenance Superitendant Brown informed the board that he had made the purchase of a new truck, a 2015 Ford F250 4x4 in the amount of $22,340 from the State bids. That purchase price was well below the amount budgeted. He will be getting some bids together for the purchase of a new mower and will report back to the board. Christmas in the Park was a huge success with 5278 vehicles coming through and over $12000 in donations received. Both figures are the highest ever seen.

The board voted to go into Executive Session at approximately 8:10.

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