Grant Could Pave Way For Sports Park

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A grant application to develop a sports complex in the city of Litchfield was one of 12 motions approved during the city council meeting on Thursday, July 18, at Corwin Hall.

The motion approved a resolution approving and authorizing the submittal of an application for an open space land acquisition and development grant through the IDNR, in partnership with the not-for-profit soccer program, Impact FC.

Formed in November 2017 with the merger of the MoMac FC girls soccer program and the FC South Central boys soccer program, Impact has more than 170 players on nine teams, between the ages of eight to 19. While the program continues to grow, practice space and a home field have rotated between fields in Litchfield, Carlinville and Raymond.

Officials from Impact and the city of Litchfield have been working together to locate a site for development of fields, which would not only provide practice space for the teams, but also the opportunity for economic growth through hosting tournaments.

Thursday's motion paves the way for the city and the club to partner to submit the grant, which would have the city owning the property, a portion of the Route 66 Crossing area, and the club leasing, operating and maintaining the fields.

The realization of the project is dependent on receiving the grant and on purchasing the property from its current owners.

A public meeting will be held in an open house format at Corwin Hall from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 1, with a concept plan on display for viewing. Representatives from the city and Impact FC will be at the meeting.

In addition to the grant application, the council also approved the minutes of the July 2 meeting and 10 other motions during the 13 minute open session.

The aldermen, minus the absent Tim Wright, would approve the purchase of a battery back-up system for the police and fire department communication systems at the south water tower from Global Technical Systems for $2,137, approved a wood office desk and a metal credenza from the fire department to become surplus and disposed of by auction and rejected a bid for the 1995 Ford Water Tender vehicle, which will now be rebid, along with a 1997 police squad car.

The council also approved the start of the demolition process for the property located at 409 North State Street, which has become a danger to pedestrians and the buildings next to it. 

Alderman Woodrow Street asked if the building shared a wall with the two adjacent buildings. Mayor Steve Dougherty said that it did and the damage from water leaking into the building was causing issues with the other two buildings.

Also approved were motions to grant a 40-day extension to Tecorp to complete the electrical work on the water tower projects, to approve a half page advertisement in the Illinois Investment Guide/Intersect Illinois publication for a cost of $3,520, to approve a new zoning classification for lake lease property, to approve an ordinance amending the TIF redevelopment plan and to destroy tapes of released executive session meetings which are at least 18 months old.

The council also approved a repair estimate for the 2009 Ford water tech truck from Gerl's Auto Body for $1,829.76, with Alderman Dwayne Gerl abstaining.

The council would go into closed session at 6:43 p.m. and would have no action after the closed session.

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