Park Board: Movie plans to film in town early next month

At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Park District Board of Commissioners discussed a request that’s been made by a movie company to film at park properties early next month.

Ohlinger updates the board on various projects

ROCHELLE — At its monthly meeting Monday, the Flagg-Rochelle Park District Board of Commissioners discussed a request that’s been made by a movie company to film at park properties early next month. 

Park District Executive Director Jackee Ohlinger said she was recently contacted by the group and they requested to utilize Spring Lake Marina and the lake and parking area starting Aug. 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next day. Filming is also planned to be done at a private residential pool, which use of the park district’s lifeguard staff has been requested for.

The company has also requested the use of Helms Stadium for filming that same week and a portion of The REC Center to serve dinner to its staff from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next day. The shoot would be over three days.

Ohlinger said that the lights at Helms Stadium will be on for a portion of the night they film there and filming plans include for a police car to come onto the property with sirens on. 

“They have insurance,” Ohlinger said. “I don't think they're filming anywhere else in town. The city said they would not approve a temporary pause on their noise ordinance. If someone did call and complain and ask that the shoot be stopped, the police would have to do that. The filming company said they would notify people in the neighborhood about their plans.” 

Ohlinger was told by the filming company that park district staff used to help with the work would be compensated and the district will also be paid for its loss in revenue while Spring Lake Pool has to be closed Aug. 2. The company would also have to pay the park district’s special use permit fee.

“I think it's a great opportunity for Rochelle to have another fun showing in a movie,” Ohlinger said. “I don't want to make anyone upset in that area in the middle of the night. I'm not sure how it will work out at The REC with staffing and having an overnight person here.”

Park board members did not take a vote on the issue after discussion and opted to leave decisions regarding the filming up to Ohlinger.

Director comments

During her director comments portion of the meeting, Ohlinger updated the board on a number of projects. Staff recently finalized its materials list for the new decking project at Spring Lake Marina and hopes to have it installed late fall by maintenance staff.

The park district is working to open up the disc golf course at Skare Park to make it play better. Trees and plants are being trimmed and work has been ongoing on the project.

Ohlinger said requests for proposals are being put together for new shelters at VFW Park and Cooper Park. She said she hopes to get those out for public bid and to get the project completed later this year.

Park maintenance staff have been busy as of late cleaning up the parks and “a lot” of vandalism has been seen in the past month, Ohlinger said.

“I would encourage the community if they see something out of the ordinary or out of place, to always contact the police non-emergency number or the park district office to report any type of damage or vandalism,” Ohlinger said.

Spring Lake

Ohlinger said Spring Lake Pool has seen numbers go up from last year and the facility is doing “really well.” Season passes to the pool have continued to “be consistent” even with the inclusion of Spring Lake use in all-inclusive passes to The REC Center.

“Our lifeguards and staff are doing a great job down there,” Ohlinger said. “Last year we had numbers at this time of 4,500-4,600 and we're close to the 5,000 mark at this point in this year’s attendance. I'm hoping this week will have some big numbers.”  

The last day at Spring Lake for the year is Sunday, Aug. 7.

Budget

The board held a public hearing on and unanimously approved its fiscal year 2022-2023 cumulative budget and appropriation in final form.

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