Rotary Park change order, monument dedication approved by Galesburg City Council

Rotary Park renovations and a new monument to honor a longtime sportsman were among the items approved by Galesburg aldermen last night.

City Council met for a brief meeting yesterday. $71,000 will now be tacked on to the Rotary Park improvement, which will include a splash pad and ice rink, among other additions.

The additional funds were ultimately because of the state budget impasse. Changes in labor cost and sub-contractors were cited as reasons for the change order. 

In other news, aldermen approved a consent agenda item that will allow a monument at the Lake Storey boat ramp. 

Longtime fish biologist Ken Russell is being honored. Russell has educated area children on fishing for more than 50 years. 

Sportsman Al Hayden thanked the council for the approval last night. He tells WGIL that Russell is certainly deserving and has served the public “countless hours,” Hayden says. 

The monument should cost around $10,000 and is being fully funded through donations. The hope is to have it erected by next year’s youth fishing derby in May. 

Any donation amount that goes over the needed total will be used to buy Russell a vehicle chair lift.

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