North Park in Dunlap will be getting a makeover.


North Park in Dunlap will be getting a makeover.

At the June 13 meeting of the Dunlap Village Board, Trustee Jack Esterdahl revealed that he had met with representatives of the Dunlap Rec Association and Dunlap Junior Football League about upgrading and expanding facilities at North Park.

Esterdahl said those two organizations will be developing a plan for the upgrades over the next year.

JFL President George Ople addressed the village board last month and said they hoped to make improvements to the concession stand, restrooms, fences, fields and storage buildings.

Ople said many of their volunteers have a construction background as well, which would cut down on labor costs.

Esterdahl said the Dunlap School District has also donated playground equipment currently located at the Dunlap Activity Center and it could be installed at North Park later this year.

In other action and discussion, the board:

•Heard concerns from Trustee Sheila Taylor about traffic safety near Dunlap Valley Middle School.
Taylor said students and other pedestrians who are crossing Route 91 to go to the school should have a flashing light installed to help for their safety when crossing the highway.

This concern was given to the Illinois Department of Transportation during a scheduled meeting with the village on Tuesday.

At that meeting, IDOT was expected to present their plans for replacing water lines for next year’s reconstruction of Route 91 through Dunlap.

•Heard from Village Superintendent Dale Bishop about upcoming summer roadwork.

Bishop said a bid was accepted from Tazewell County Asphalt for $69,175, which will include the repaving of two streets in the village.

•Heard an update on this year’s Dunlap Days from Trustee Colleen Slane.

Slane said plans are progressing and the committee has chosen Thursday, Aug. 23 for Family Night, with a full carnival.

She added the bands have also been chosen, with JammSammich playing Aug. 24 and the Boat Drunks taking the stage on Aug. 25.

•Approved a pre-annexation agreement for properties owned by Terry Justice and Elizabeth Blair to be annexed into the village.

•Approved the annual appropriation ordinance.

•Approved the annual prevailing wage ordinance.