Galesburg Council approves Pickleball at Bateman Park, Railroad Days funding, and more

Galesburg City Council approved a bid to bring Pickleball to Bateman Park on Monday night.

The five members present all voted in favor, minus Dwight White who abstained.

City Manager Todd Thompson says the original bid was about $97,000 to convert the two tennis courts into six pickleball courts.

Then after a second look staff decided to not replace the current fencing.

That brought the bid amount from All Weather Courts Inc. that was approved down to $51,800.

Thompson says it’s the city goal to replace the fencing at a later date.

Thompson notes this item was not budgeted for but the council asked that this come forward.

He says the city will use the fund balance to cover the costs.

Railroad Days is back this summer and Galesburg Alderman on Monday voted to fund the event with about $11,000.

The festival is scheduled for June 24–27, 2021 in downtown Galesburg.

Event organizers believe they will be able to host a safe and fun event this year after COVID quashed its 50th anniversary last year.

Planned attractions include a model train & toy show, kids’ games, arts & crafts market, and a carnival.

The council in their consent agenda approved a bid to demolish and clean up six dilapidated properties in town.

Some include buildings on Monmouth Blvd, North Farnham St, and Arnold S.

Mayor Peter Schwartzman also read a proclamation declaring it Pride Month in the City of Galesburg.

It read in part; “ We encourage all community residents to eliminate prejudice where it exists and to celebrate our great diversity by focusing on and celebrating our LGBTQ neighbors.”

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