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Joliet tables vote on video board again

Joliet is contemplating a $51,000 maintenance contract for the video board at the city-owned baseball stadium.
Joliet is contemplating a $51,000 maintenance contract for the video board at the city-owned baseball stadium.

JOLIET – A $51,220 maintenance contract for the video board at Joliet Route 66 Stadium has been stalled a second time, although city officials say there is nothing wrong.

The city council on Tuesday for a second time tabled a vote on the contract.

Councilman Larry Hug announced at the Tuesday council meeting that the matter was being tabled for a second time but not "for any controversial reason."

Hug said his Public Service Committee simply decided that the matter should go to the Stadium Committee, which was a surprise to that committee's chairman.

"I was very surprised that it was tabled," said Councilman Pat Mudron. "For whatever reason that committee decided that it shouldn't be there."

Now that it's coming to his committee, however, Mudron said he will inquire as to whether the city's own electricians can handle the job. If not, he see's no problems in the eight-year maintenance contract with Daktronics, the company that sold the board to Joliet.

Mudron said the Stadium Committee won't meet until late January, which means the contract won't get a vote by the council until February at the soonest.

The actual purchase of the $361,000 video board in 2015 was controversial with Hug contending then that the city should not spend the money and even questioning whether Joliet should sell the stadium.

Hug, however, insists he has no problem with the proposed maintenance contract.

"Now that it's ours," he said, "we do have to maintain it."

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