The Naplate Community Center at the former St. Mary's Catholic Church Parish Hall is close to opening, said its committee chairman Bob Rick.
“We're finishing an emergency lighting system and two lighted exit signs," Rick said. "This should be done sometime next week.”
The committee has said uses for the hall could include village office space or single-room/hall rentals for outside functions.
The committee has been focused on trying to get a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for upkeep. The USDA offers Community Facilities Direct Loan and grant programs for community facilities in rural areas.
Trustee Misty Crawford mentioned at the last board meeting she has been receiving rent inquiries and this month Trustee Lloyd Ludwig said he is waiting for monthly costs to help determine renting charges if that is what the committee suggests as a use for the center.
“We need to find out how much it will cost us to run the center for a month,” Ludwig said. “That will help us decide on the center's future as a self-sustaining community asset while determining any hall rental charges.”
Bob Rick and former trustee Art Rick said all costs, including utilities, help, labor and building expenses to date will be provided at the next board meeting.
Ludwig said the village can hold fundraisers throughout the year to support the center. He noted the Park Board started work on the ball field in 1995 and there are still ongoing plans to improve it, including fundraisers.
“It's important that we go through the cost evaluation process,” said Mayor Gary Mooney. “Once we get all the information we need, we will discuss all of our options on what the center will actually be used for, how much any rentals will cost and what we can or need to do to sustain the Community Center for our community.”
“The Community Center is progressing along at a manageable pace so we can get input from the Village Board and address any concerns,” Bob Rick added. “We have had some very good conversations and work days to make sure when it's time to open for business, it can be done in orderly fashion with guidelines in place for all parties.”
Rick Park repairs
The board approved the payment of $2,000 from the Park Fund to Illinois Valley Fencing to make repairs to the back stop and fence posts near right field.
Ludwig said there will be a meeting with Ruiz Construction, of Ottawa, to discuss the installation of a handicap ramp at the west shelter.
Lift station repairs and water meters
The board approved a motion to purchase new water sewer meters at a cost not to exceed $5,000.
Last month the board approved a motion to approve a $725.35 to Clegg Perkins, of Ottawa, for work performed on the lift station.
“We need to think about replacing the lift station,” Rick said. “It's over 20 years old and it really is passed the point of being repaired. Just something for the board to consider.”
Ludwig announced a car show has been scheduled for Thursday, June 20, at Vittone Park. More details will be provided at the next board meeting.