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Fields still waiting for thaw in Dixon

Reynolds Fields remains closed on day-to-day basis

Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

DIXON – The Dixon Park District is keeping an eye on the weather.

District officials haven’t opened Reynolds Fields because underground pipes and pipes in unheated buildings haven’t yet thawed, Executive Director Deb Carey said.

The fields remain closed on a day-to-day basis, she said, adding that they’ll be open by the time the district’s spring activies start.

The delay to open the fields is “90 percent” related to the weather, Carey said. She added that budget constraints have limited the number of employees the park district can devote to preparing the fields.

Before the fields open, the scoreboards will have to be turned on and checked for any parts or wires that need to be replaced.

Once the weather allows, Carey said, the fields will be opened and operated “business as usual.”

Roads in Lowell Park and Page Park have been closed recently because of the melting snow and ice.

Park board meeting

During its regular meeting Wednesday night, the park board approved a contract with Kreider Services Inc. for another year of recreational programs for people with disabilities, Carey said.

The agreement has been sent to Kreider for its approval.

State law requires park districts to provide recreational opportunities for people with permanent disabilities as well as temporary disabilities – like recovering from surgery – and allows the district to levy taxes for that purpose, Carey said. She added that the district must partner with another taxing body – in this case, the city.

The board also approved a 1-year contract to pay Stewart & Associates $12,000 for security monitoring of parks. The amount is the same as it was last year, Carey said.

The board tabled proposed changes to the employee personnel policy, Carey said, until the district goes to the state to determine the best designation for part-time employees who work throughout the year.

The district wants to provide some of those part-time employees with benefits, Carey said.

The board did, however, approve a change to bar the district’s snowplow drivers from using hands-free cellphones while working. The snowplow drivers need to be completely focused on the road, Carey said.

 

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