Parks and Recreation

Paxton Park District looking for new swim coach

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District is looking for a new coach for the Paxton Aquatic Wildcats swim team for this upcoming summer.

Alex Goudy wrapped her coaching career at the end of last season. At the Paxton Park District Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting Wednesday, the board approved a job description and seasonal salary for the vacant coaching position.

Park board won't issue bonds in 2019

PAXTON — Paxton landowners will pay less in property taxes to the local park district next summer.

The park district’s board of commissioners voted 4-0 Wednesday to approve the district’s tax levy ordinance for the 2019 fiscal year, showing $102,500 in property taxes to be collected next summer, down from the $202,380 collected this year.

Park board postpones meeting due to lack of quorum

PAXTON — A lack of a quorum for Tuesday night’s meeting of the Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners prompted the meeting to be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be at the Civic Center, 601 S. Fall St.

Paxton Park District won't issue bonds for 2019 fiscal year

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissioners declined to issue a general obligation bond for the 2019 fiscal year during Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

Halloween parade in Paxton set for Oct. 31

PAXTON -- The Paxton Park District and WPXN Radio sponsored annual Halloween Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31.  
The parade begins at 4 p.m.

Lake Iroquois left with 'very sparse' fish population; restocking options being explored

LAKE IROQUOIS — Restocking options for Lake Iroquois are being explored after an electrofishing survey revealed that a “very sparse” fish population remains there as a result of a massive fish kill in July, a Lake Iroquois Association official said.

Final payments made to contractors for work at Paxton Civic Center

PAXTON — The Paxton Park District’s board of commissiones agreed during their Aug. 14 meeting to make final payments to contractors for the parking lot and drainage project at the Paxton Civic Center. 

Final payments were sent to Farnsworth Group, the engineering firm overseeing the project, for $3,152 and to Iroquois Paving Corp. for $68,800.

Pells Park pavilion repairs eyed

PAXTON — With water damage to its ceiling and the floor of its stage rotting out in some areas, the 111-year-old pavilion at Pells Park has seen better days.

City officials hope better days lie ahead, too.

Concerns raised over condition of park in Loda

LODA — Former village board member Roy Hilgendorf voiced concerns about the condition of the town’s park during last Wednesday’s board meeting.

Hilgendorf said that in the time he has been off the board, the park has gone downhill. He said he always kept the weeds pulled and kept it looking nice, with a village employee mowing it.

Land in former mayor's estate to be donated to city

PAXTON — Paxton resident Tony Lee told the Paxton City Council during its July 10 meeting that he would like to donate to the city a lot owned by the estate of his late father, former mayor L. John Lee.

The lot is located off of Shal-Lee Court, an area developed for residential use by Mr. Lee and another man “many years ago,” Tony Lee said.

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