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Vera letter indicates Joliet Township is withdrawing proposal for Bicentennial Park

JOLIET – Joliet Township Supervisor Dan Vera apparently is withdrawing a proposal for township control of Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, according to a letter to the city.

The letter dated Jan. 29 was on the city's website temporarily in the online agenda for the City Council's meeting Monday. It was removed from the website late Monday afternoon.

In the letter, Vera said the township is open to considering the matter again but lists a number of issues that would need to be resolved first.

Those issues include:

• "Several critical health safety repairs and needed improvements," including building roofs, broken concrete and "electrical issues" identified when township contractors were allowed to inspect the park

• The future of a parking lot on the north end that is now part of the Evergreen Terrace property that is in litigation

• A decision regarding what would happen with city employees now working at the park

• Plans for repair or replacement of the park fountain

• An intergovernmental agreement between the township and the city, which, Vera notes, the city attorney has never been directed to address.

"After careful consideration of all the unresolved issues, we are respectfully withdrawing our interest to acquire and operate Bicentennial Park at this time," Vera's letter states. "We are open to further discussion once the above noted issues are resolved to everyone's satisfaction."

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall with Bicentennial Park being one of the first items on the agenda.

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