Copperfield homeowners have held up their end of the agreement in return for a new playground.


Copperfield homeowners have held up their end of the agreement in return for a new playground.

Scott Faulkner from the Copperfield Homeowners’ Association presented a $3,200 check to the Dunlap Village Board at its July 13 meeting.

Since the start of the playground project, the association had promised to chip in $12,000.

Trustee Sheila Taylor thanked the homeowners for helping with the plans and assembling of the playground equipment last month.

She said the association had paid $8,800 to help with the concrete work expenses.

Faulkner said he also came to the meeting to commend everyone for a job well done.

“It’s great to drive by and see the kids out there playing, especially when they could be sitting in front of the TV or playing video games. It’s nice to look at and it’s easy access for all of us who live there,” Faulkner said.

Village Superintendent Dale Bishop said ever since the work was completed at the park, he has been receiving many calls about how good it looks and how happy residents are with the finished playground.

In other action and discussion, the board:

• Heard a report from Village President Jack Fennell on the possible formation of a new park district.

Fennell said he had meetings with the University of Illinois Extension office and an economic development group and he has also ordered a book on how to start and sell a new park district.

“After we do our research, we can bring in the state guys to help us go over things. I think surrounding communities like Chillicothe could help give us some insight as well,” Fennell said.

“I would also like to contact some alumni from here and get them involved,” Fennell added.

Fennell said the park district would be run by a whole new board and village trustees would not be allowed to serve on both.

Taylor said her concern is for the people who live on the border of Dunlap and Peoria and are already using Peoria Park District parks and services.

“I don’t think they are going to want to pay for a park district they aren’t going to use,” Taylor said.

Fennell said he expects more plans to be finalized in August, with a goal to have the new park district formed by March 2012.

• Heard a report from Village Clerk Fraser Engerman on how Dunlap’s website ranked on a Freedom of Information Act Audit.

The Illinois Policy Institute — a Chicago-based non-profit research group — conducted a study of Peoria County government websites to see how “transparent” they are in relation to the FOI Act.

Engerman said Dunlap scored a 16.63 out of a possible 100 points.

Peoria scored the highest in the county with a 55.

The complete state report will be released in September.

Engerman said they deducted points for missing information such as salaries, elected officials’ contact information, budgets, past years’ meeting minutes, wages, tax rate and an employee handbook.

“The bad news is we weren’t 100 percent, but we still beat the average for several communities around here. I don’t know how seriously to take it, but I do think it gives us ideas of ways we can easily improve our Website and add some of this missing information,” Engerman said.

• Heard an update from Bishop on unmowed lawns in the village.

Bishop said all the problem homes he talked about at the last meeting have now taken care of their lawns.

Bishop said he also contacted two mowing companies in Dunlap who have insurance and will offer to mow unkept lawns and bag yard waste for an hourly fee.

Fennell instructed Bishop to contact surrounding towns to see what their fines are for unsightly lawns and print up cards to hand out to problem homes with the mowing companies’ contact information.

• Approved a $47,309 bid from R.A. Cullinan & Sons for sand base work on Westfield Court, Hillbrook Court and Brookfield Drive.

• Approved a $67,870 bid from Tazewell County Asphalt for asphalt work on Copperfield Drive.

• Approved to accept bids for work to the entrance of Copperfield Drive as long as the bids come in under the $43,485 estimate or no more than 10 percent above it.

Bids for the project will open on July 28.

• Approved the annual appropriation ordinance.

 The ordinance defrays all the necessary expenses and liabilities of the village for the fiscal year ending April 2012.

 Dunlap’s total annual appropriation is $948,950.

• Heard an update from Trustee Colleen Slane on Dunlap Days.

Slane said 16 craft vendors have signed up so far and a bags tournament is expected to bring in 200 people.

Better Banks has also agreed to sponsor Jammsammich’s performance for $1,000.

Slane said the schedule will be finalized and published Aug. 1 for the festival that takes place on Aug. 26 and 27.