The first step is to clean the space up, clearing concrete slabs that are still present from the house and garage that formerly occupied the lot. Public works director Dan Clark volunteered his department for the job, saying it wouldn’t take too much man-power or money to do so.
“We can finish cleaning it up inhouse, with nominal fees,” Clark said. “Then what I’d like to do is put some costs together (for playground equipment) and then bring it to the council and let you guys decide.”
In order to qualify for the OSLAD grant the city must turn in its application to the Illinois DNR by July 1, an incentive for Clark and the city crews to get started on the clean-up process as quickly as possible.
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