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|Galesburg City Council Approves YMCA Soccer Complex Funding
|POSTED 11:32pm 12/21/09 The Galesburg City Council has no problem with supporting something that city officials tried -- and failed -- to do themselves eight years ago.
Aldermen voted unanimously Monday night to contribute a total of $400,000 to the Knox County YMCA for the construction of three soccer fields on the Y grounds -- one officials described as a joint project between the city, the Galesburg School District, and Carl Sandburg College.
The City will be giving the Y $25,000 a year for 10 years, while the remaining $150,000 will come from a memorial left by the late George Thompson. That's something Community Development Director Roy Parkin says Thompson's family has no problem with given what their loved one wanted.
"We have received correspondence that basically indicates that they (the family) feel comfortable with releasing the dollars for this project, since that is really what Mr. Thompson wanted to do," Parkin said.
Construction on the soccer complex is expected to start next year and be complete in 2011, and the Y is currently on a capital campaign to gain the $2 millino needed for the whole project. Galesburg High School and CSC are both expected to use the "premiere", or, lighted field for their home matches, while the other two will be practice fields generally available to the public.
Aldermen Monday night also approved a $27,000 facade renovation grant, and another $127,000 in revolving loans, for the Bondi building on East Main Street, so that window replacement and other associated renovations can take place.
That work is expected to begin in February or March.
|12 22 09 by Newsroom
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