5-14-2008



KPD SPECIAL MEETING FOR THE SKATE PARK

 

Approximately 30-40 skateboarders, parents and park district citizens attended the special meeting of the Kingsbury Park District, Monday night.  The meeting was to gather information about what the new skate park will look like, and where it will be located.  Park District Director Jerry Sauerwine said the park district is looking at four possible locations for the skate park: the Pool, Breeny Park, Lauren Mollet Park and JC Park.  Sauerwine said he saw problems with putting the park near the pool, saying that it could add more duties to pool personnel, especially the lifeguards.  No decision has been made as to the location, and the park district is even keeping open the option of buying new land for the park.   

 

The Park district gave out a questionnaire to those at the meeting.  The questionnaire will gather information from local skateboarders on everything from hours spent skating to what specific features they would like to see in the new park.  The board had pictures and diagrams of possible skating surfaces for skater boarders and parents to look at and give feedback.     


THIRD WETTEST START TO YEAR IN ILLINOIS

 

According to the Illinois State Water Survey, statewide precipitation has been above average, resulting in the third wettest January-April since 1895.  April precipitation was 4.7 inches, 23 percent above average.  With the wet conditions in January, February, and March, the year-to-date total is 17.1 inches.  Only 1950 and 1898 were wetter with 18.2 and 17.2 inches of rain respectively.  The National Weather Service outlook for May calls for an increased chance of above-average precipitation and below-average temperatures.


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KPD MONTHLY MEETING

 

At the most recent Kingsbury Park District meeting, it was decided that the Park District would contribute between $30,000 and 50,000, to the construction of a local skate park, in addition to the $100,000 that was to be contributed through the State Grant.  The Master Plan meeting with the Park District was rescheduled from May to June the 23rd.

 

It was also approved for the Park District to purchase a Dump Trailer with the cost not to exceed $7800. The board then adjourned for a break before starting the special meeting to get ideas from the public with regards to the Skate Board Park.

 

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SHIMKUS CALLS FOR ACTION TO BRING DOWN GAS PRICES

 

In a recent news conference, Congressman John Shimkus called for action to increase our nation's domestic energy supply to bring down skyrocketing prices.  "It is past time for action." Shimkus said.  He continued, "There are concrete solutions available.  We need to develop our own oil supplies in places like Alaska and off our coastlines."  He also stressed the need to use available technology to convert our vast supplies of coal to liquid fuels, and highlighted the economic advantage of using Illinois coal.

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U OF I EXTENTION OFFICE HAS THEIR MONEY, SOIL AND WATER-MONEY IS ON THE WAY

 

After months of uncertainty, Lynn Weiss at the U of I extension told WGEL that the funding for 2008 has arrived.  Weiss said the money was 100 percent of what was budgeted by the state, and 95 percent of what the program requested.  Others are still waiting for state funds.  Emily Hartman, with the Soil and Water Conservation District, said their funding was on the way, but the money has not yet arrived.  According to Hartman, the funds could arrive as soon as the end of May.  Uncertainty remains for 2009, as the budget process will soon begin for next year.   

 



BRENDA LEE TICKET GIVEAWAY

 

WGEL radio has your next chance to win…

 

Country legend Brenda Lee is coming to the rosebud theatre this Friday night and WGEL has tickets to giveaway.

 

This Wednesday night on the hayride when you hear a clip of the Brenda lee hit song “I’m sorry” be the 4th caller and you’ll win a pair of platinum tickets to the show.

 

The seats are in the first five rows and include valet parking, three FREE house beverages and free snacks in the VIP lounge.

 

An evening with Brenda Lee. Tune in for your chance to win on the Wednesday hayride with Jerry Jansen.

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