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Joliet votes to give old Silver Cross Field scoreboard to JCA

JOLIET – The Joliet City Council on Tuesday voted to give away the old scoreboard at Silver Cross Field.

The council also discussed summer jobs, Union Station and Joliet Community Television.

Prayers were requested for two former councilmen: Tony Uremovic, who is in critical condition after a heart attack over the weekend; and Ken Pritz, who died last week.

Scoreboard

Joliet Catholic Academy will get the scoreboard for $1 after the council voted to declare it surplus property.

The city is putting in a new, $360,000 scoreboard at Silver Cross Field. JCA asked if it could have the old one.

City Manager Jim Hock said JCA will get only the scoreboard and not the video screen, support structure or electronic operating system. Hock said a scrap dealer offered $200 for the board but, “We’d have to haul it over there, and the city doesn’t even have a flatbed truck to move it.”

Summer jobs

Councilwoman Bettye Gavin called for the city to develop a summer jobs program, an idea that was an issue in the recent election campaign.

Gavin said the city should hire young people for mowing, clean-up and other light maintenance tasks.

Also, Hock said the city this summer will hire four college students for a tree inventory as well as four young people for cleanup projects around the city. Information about the jobs will be posted on the city website, he said.

Union Station

Councilman Jim McFarland asked city staff to review an exiting arrangement that gives Bussean Custom Caterers exclusive use of The Grand Ballroom at Union Station.

McFarland said Bussean’s lease expired in December and urged city officials to consider making the space available to multiple caterers so it could generate more revenue from Union Station.

JCTV

Scott Kinsella, director of information technology for the city, will work with Joliet Community Television to update bylaws and discuss ways to increase community involvement in the station.

The City Council at its last meeting heard from a JCTV volunteer who questioned certain operations at the community TV station, which gets funding through the city. JCTV also was embroiled in a controversy in March over a decision to not tape a debate in the mayoral election.

Former councilmen

Councilman Mike Turk, who visited Uremovic in the hospital Tuesday, reported his condition is critical after a weekend heart attack. Uremovic was a councilman for nearly 25 years before opting not to run for re-election in 2011.

Council members also remembered Pritz, a councilman in the 1970s, who died April 12. Pritz was an owner of J.D. Brown & Company and Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, which his family will continue to own.

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