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Rochelle park officials make no decisions last night on golf course issue

After meeting in executive session last night, park officials in Rochelle took no action on the future purchase of the golf course in the Hub City.

The proposal involves 73.5 acres of land on the south side of Rochelle at a cost of $800,000. The park district and the city would share in the cost as each taxing body would pay $400,000.

Gredco would also have a 3-year lease to run the golf course and possibly have a lease with a restaurant operator.

Park board president Roger Bunger said it's a tough decision by the board....(Time: (:53), out: bit)

Bunger said the only reason they would want the land is for green space in the city.....
(Time: (:19), out: green).

The park board and city council were scheduled to meet tomorrow evening at 5:30 to talk about the land purchase involving the golf course. That meeting has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a future date.

The board approved the bid process for the construction of the 3 new tennis courts on the north side of the Helms Athletic complex and resurfacing the playground area at Cooper Park. Each tennis court is expected to cost around $40,000. This does not include the removal of the current asphault and drainage.

The design cost of the project is just under $15,000.

In a 3-2 vote, the board aproved the Marine Racing Club to use Lake Sule on June 22nd and 23rd. They have held the event for the past 7 years in Rochelle. Voting against the boat racing were Park Commissioners Christy Seebach and Bud Norcross. Richard Ohlinger and MIchelle Pease were absent when the vote took place.

The park district also plann to purchase a vault toilet for Lake Sule at a cost not to exceed $19,500. It should be in place within the next 6 weeks.

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