GEORGETOWN – City officials voted Thursday in favor of a $75,550 renovation of the playground area in the city park, and hope to have most of the work done by the time school lets out this summer.
Georgetown City Council members voted to have Recreation Concepts, Inc. of Oswego provide and install two large play centers for children in the city park for about $75,550. City workers will move or remove most of the existing playground equipment in the park, pour a new sidewalk around the new playground area and install four benches in the area.
Alderman Tom Smith said the council had talked about getting some new playground equipment for a while, and things finally came together. Mayor Darrell Acord said the renovation would be paid by using reserve funds.
There will be two new play centers made of plastic and steel – a large one intended for 5-to-12-year-olds with slides, bridges, crows' nests and sliding poles, and a smaller one intended for 2-to-5-year-olds with a slide, a bridge and a climbing wall.
Smith said he hoped to have the site ready for renovation by mid-April, and to have the new equipment installed soon after that. The sidewalk and benches may not be added until later in the year, he added.
In other business, the council voted to amend some of the rules for renting the community center building.
Acord said the council wanted to revisit its rules after installing kitchen facilities in the building and buying new tables and chairs for it.
Private parties can rent the community center for $15 an hour without using the kitchen or $20 an hour if the kitchen is included. Private parties must also put up a $20 deposit if they do not intend to use the kitchen, and a $35 deposit if they do plan to use the kitchen.
Private groups can also rent the community center at a rate of $200 a day, plus the deposit.
For-profit parties can rent the community center at a rate of $400 a day, or $25 an hour without the kitchen or $40 an hour with the kitchen. A $50 deposit must also be provided by for-profit groups.
The council also added language to the rental agreement, including that the community center is only available for rent between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., that the renters are responsible for cleaning the facility and the tables and chairs, and that part or all of the renters' deposit may be used to pay for repairing or replacing dirty, stained or damaged tables and chairs.
The council also voted to re-open the former senior center as a community meeting hall. Acord said the former senior center, located in the 100 block of South Walnut Street, had been used for storage of city equipment since the opening of the senior center wing of the new municipal building.
Acord passed out to council members a letter he had received from representatives of four community groups who wanted to hold their meetings in the senior center wing of the municipal building.
Acord disagreed with the representatives' request.
"The idea of the new center was to give something back to the seniors in our community," he said.
Acord said the old senior center building had heat, restrooms and kitchen facilities, and could be opened up to not-for-profit groups for their meetings without disrupting the current senior center activities.