The future of the village parks continued to dominate discussion at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Dunlap Village Board.


The future of the village parks continued to dominate discussion at the Feb. 9 meeting of the Dunlap Village Board.

 

Village Superintendent Dale Bishop said after talking to the Parks and Recreation Association and Junior Football League, they have collectively decided to not construct a new building at North Park.

 

Instead, they will use the building already in place and save the money they would have used for future repairs to the concession area and for playground equipment at Copperfield Park.

 

“We have space in the current building to get them by for a while,” Bishop said. “This will satisfy the two groups’ storage needs and we aren’t spending any money.”

 

Trustee Jack Esterdahl then presented the board with some proposals and drawings for a possible playground area at Copperfield Park.

 

Esterdahl said in speaking with the homeowners’ association, it was decided to have three separate areas in the proposed playground: an area for ages 2-to-5; an area for ages 5-to-12; and a swing set.

 

He added a walkway could connect the three areas and they could possibly plant a tree or bench in the middle where parents could sit while children are playing. Esterdahl said the estimated price tag for the project is $30,000, which includes money from the homeowners’ association.

 

“We’ve also found the cheapest and most effective way to do this is to send out a representative from whatever company we choose and they spend just two days out there overseeing the project while volunteers from the neighborhood put all the playground equipment together,” Esterdahl said.

 

Village President Jack Fennell instructed Esterdahl to find out the final cost on equipment, concrete and the company employee’s paid participation and bring that figure back to the board in the near future.

 

In other action and discussion, the board:

 

•Heard a presentation from Adam Jacquet of Eagle Enterprises in Galva about the possibility of bringing a village-wide recycling program to Dunlap. Jacquet said his family’s company currently runs 17 curbside programs, more than 30 township-based programs and has more than 1,000 private customers.

 

“We are averaging around 600 tons of recycling per month,” Jacquet said. “Newspaper is our biggest material.”

 

He added they have the most extensive list of accepted materials in the region and would make collections every other week.

 

Jacquet said his proposal is to offer curbside pickup for all single family residences in Dunlap, with each house receiving a medium-size tote.

 

Larger containers or multiple totes would be offered at no extra cost for families.

 

Jacquet said the company also works with schools for free to encourage students to recycle and talk to their families about it.

 

“We would also have a locked-in rate on the contracts from the beginning and that figure would never change. The price we quote is actually what you’ll pay,” Jacquet added.

 

Later, the board discussed putting a survey into customer’s monthly water bills to see how the residents would feel about a recycling program being offered.

 

•Discussed updating the village website again because they have found the new format is outdated, expensive and not user-friendly.

 

The board has been in discussions with Sheila Zadoks, who developed websites for Copperfield Home Owner’s Association and the Dunlap Dolphins swim team, about what they can do differently.

 

The board approved moving forward with hiring Zadoks to recreate the website in a two-week period for a cost of $25 per hour, not to exceed $1,000. Zadoks would also be available on a consulting basis after the website is completed for the same fee.

 

The board also approved terminating the current developer’s contract and paying him what he is owed.

 

•Approved the annexation of property in the Dorothy H. Lockhart Living Trust Agreement, which includes approximately 484 acres located to the east, southeast and west of Dunlap.

 

This is an addition to the original pre-annexation agreement last May which was made up of more than 100 property owners.

 

•Approved the transfer of $3,000 in Motor Fuel Tax money to Speer State Bank to build additional interest income.