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Aledo, Illinois

WHAT WE KNOW: Last fall, Aledo officials approved an intergovernmental agreement allowing the city to provide financial management for the Aledo Park District.

At the time, possible plans included pool repairs or replacement and expanding Northside baseball park to a four-field complex, including one for tournaments. The park district has been in talks with the property owner, Judy Lower, to purchase land contiguous to the current fields to add an additional varsity baseball field.

Currently, there are two fields at Northside ballpark, one smaller and one non-varsity field. The city won a grant for the park district ball field construction from the Looser-Flake Foundation totaling $30,000. 

WHAT'S NEW: At last week's council meeting, officials reviewed a land purchase agreement for 6.07 acres for a total of $72,840.

Mayor Chris Hagloch said an extension would have to be filed for the $30,000 construction grant from Looser-Flake, since the money was supposed to be used within one year of being awarded last November.

He said the city was prepared to finance the purchase using general fund reserves.

The 2018 audit review gave the city a clean report. Brad Thiesen of Eide Bailey accounting firm told aldermen the city has a “healthy fund balance, equal to one year of budgeted expenses.”

WHAT'S NEXT: The land purchase agreement will go back for review to the park district and will return to the city council for final approval June 17. Hagloch said the park district would then make payments to the city. “We will pay for the property ... so the property will be collateral for the city until it’s paid off, and then we will sign it over to the park district.”

— CALA SMOLDT/mercerconews@gmail.com

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