Park District comes to terms, will lease Bourbonnais sportsplex
It appears taxpayers will eventually own the former Hidden Cove Sports Complex.
The Bourbonnais Park District Board (Monday) agreed to lease the sport plex, which had been operating as Legends Sportsplex. The lease agreement is for the next 10 years. After that 10 years, the facility belongs to the taxpayers.
Terms of the agreement are yet to ironed out. A businessmen is in line to first purchase the building for $2.4 million. The rent is listed at between $19 and $34,000 a month.
This proposed transaction comes after taxpayers last year voted NO on a bond sale in a referendum vote.
Sunday's storms left the community of Herscher without power. And Mayor Ray Schneider says since power may not be restored until later on Tuesday, The American Legion Home is available as a warming center. The Legion Home at 102 S. Oak Street will be available for citizens until power is restored.
With dozens of homes heavily damaged from yesterday's storms, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined Governor Quinn today in assessing damage in and around the Diamond area.
"The damage in the Diamond and Coal City area is extensive," Hutchinson said. "Luckily, there have been no reports of loss of life and only a few injuries."
The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Coal City High School, located at 655 West Division Street, for those who have been displaced by the storms. The Red Cross has also started distributing food to those affected.
"While there were no reports of casualties, it is estimated 70 to 100 homes were damaged or destroyed by this storm," Hutchinson continued. "We have already seen an outpouring of assistance from surrounding communities, which speaks volumes to the good-hearted people and families living in our area. We stick together and help those during times of need. It's what we do."
Senator Hutchinson represents the 40th District in the State Senate, including northeastern Grundy and portions of Will, Kankakee and Cook Counties.
State Representative Josh Harms' legislative offices are collecting items for transfer to Sunday's storm communities. Donations can be dropped at either of the legislative offices in Watseka or Pontiac.
Plans are to make deliveries daily for the rest of the week to collection centers in Gifford, Coal City, Diamond and Washington....the hardest-hit areas from Sunday's storms.
Items needed are some of the usual things like: non-perishable food items, bottled water, large garbage bags, work gloves, cleaning items, toiletries, batteries, paper towels.
Donations can be dropped off at the Hartman Center on Walnut Street in Watseka or at Harms' Pontiac office at 311 N. Mill Street.
Residents of Gifford are determined to get back on their feet and rebound from Sunday's devastating tornado. Two hundred homes were destroyed or suffered severe damage. But the community escaped any serious injury.
The folks in the Champaign County community were told by Emergency Management Agency officials that three tornadoes touched down about the same time Sunday afternoon. One hit Gifford head-on. Buildings and homes were leveled. Reports of six people were treated for minor injuries.
The main road in Gifford was closed overnight (Sunday). Power was out and village officials said it was too dangerous to let people in and out. Recovery efforts picked up Monday morning.
The EMA officials reported six people were injured. There were 200 homes damaged and 20 destroyed.
Some residents spent Sunday night at a nearby resident home. The American Red Cross provided food and shelter.
EMA officials reported up to 200 first responders on the scene. Utility crews were busy Monday dealing downed power lines. Damage assessments were being compiled Monday.