Five-year plan ticket to more project
Star Staff Writer
WINFIELD - With needed ways in which to garner
governmental grant monies, Lehman Landscaping presented a possible
avenue to the town with the implementation of a five-year park master
Representing Lehman Landscaping, Charles Lehman
explained that the main benefit of the five-year plan was the
possibilities of alternative revenues accrued for the town.
"In order to receive certain state and
federal funding, a five-year master plan needs to be passed by the
Department of Natural Resources and then placed in the town."
The major components of the plan are to look at
the demographics within the town, look at the park and recreational
facilities already in the town, and look at the recreational standards
mandated by the state.
"Presently there are requirements by state
as to the number of parks and softball fields that need to be developed
on a per capita basis. With our research showing that approximately 116
new households will move into your town in each of the next five years,
a definite plan will need to be created in order to compensate for
this," added Lehman.
Through the cooperation of Town Park Committee
Chairman Terry Willie, Lehman expects to get the needed input for the
master plan through community input, surveys and focus groups.
"Our most valuable resource will be the
interviews conducted in focus groups with various stakeholders in the
Lehman's involvement in the process will cost
the town between $5,000 and $10,000, depending whether the town limits
or gives him a major role in the data gathering process.
The expected draft on the plan is set for Jan.
15, 2001 with the documentation formally due on Apr. 15, 2001.
Water issue problem gets paper trail
Lowell residents will receive Water Filter Request forms in the mail
LOWELL - Residents with rusty water problems are being asked to
register their complaints on paper this week so officials can gauge the
scope of the water filter relief program proposed by the council earlier
Tucked inside the latest issue of Lowell's quarterly
newsletter, residents will find a Water Filter Request Form that they
are being asked to fill out and return to the town hall.
Director of Administration Rick Dal Corobbo said so
far 20 request forms have been received from homes on Arrowhead, West
Hickory, Lincoln, Burnham, Fremont and Castle. "We'll wait until
our next meeting for the total figures, he said.
Dal Corobbo said the town has kept its promise to
provide replacement cartridges for filter systems supplied to residents
of Hilltop Drive and Hilltop Court back in 1996 and 1997.
"So far we have supplied four free cartridges on
request to residents in the Hilltop subdivision," he said, adding
that some recipients of filter systems said they were forced to change
their filter cartridges every "couple of days."
Town Council President Bob Hatch (R-3rd), said the
council would choose from four low quotes received for the Omni-25 whole
house filtration system and cartridges, including one from Tri-Creek
Lumber and Hardware. Dal Corobbo recommended the town stay with the same
system brand used in the earlier filter project to simplify the staff
efforts to implement the new program.
Apache Drive resident Terry Osburn asked whether the
cost of the proposed program could result in another water rate
Hatch promised the program would not affect the water
bills. Another Apache Drive resident also complained about the town's
recent water billing error which resulted in an additional bill being
sent to residents for their summer usage.
"How did this change occur?" Pat Pensinger
asked the council.
Town Attorney John Kopack said some residents had
been undercharged because of a computer programming malfunction and the
corrected bills were sent to rectify the situation.
"The bottom line is, the water was used and
residents have been charged for it at the correct rate," Hatch
In other business, Lake County Surveyor George van
Til presented the council with the county's proposal for the Cedar Creek
Drainage and Beautification Project for downtown Lowell.
Van Til said the basic project would use $15,000 in
county funds to remove debris from the ditch, control soilbank erosion
and re-establish the creek's retaining wall, but added that a park could
be established on the property with the addition of tree and shrub
plantings, benches, adjoining walkways and a fountain for no more than
Van Till explained that the county has a 75-foot
easement on either side of the creek which prohibits any building on the
He said Lowell's American Legion, which was
grandfathered in before the easement was established, was currently for
sale and suggested the town approach the veterans with a plan for
downtown park development on the property.