Recreation center nearly complete

Park board commissioners approve office furniture, janitorial equipment bids Monday


ROCHELLE — With the completion of the Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District’s recreation center approaching quickly, commissioners approved a pair of resolutions Monday for office furniture and janitorial equipment for use inside the $14 million facility.

Board commissioners approved a resolution not to exceed $21,000 for office furniture from SBM Business Equipment Center as well as a resolution allocating $14,894.70 in funding for janitorial equipment from Home Depot. Executive director Jackee Ohlinger said during Monday’s board meeting that the recreation center is 99 percent complete.

Ohlinger also announced the park district has partnered with Kishwaukee College for use of its recreational facilities. Local volunteers gathered at the recreation center Saturday morning to put plants in the ground and assist with other landscaping work around the facility.

“We had some very generous donors who were interested in having our youth get involved,” Ohlinger said. “We had some kids volunteer and work on planting. They had a lot of fun and they were able to interact with the adults and talk about what they’re most excited about.”

Board commissioners approved two additional items Monday including the park district’s 2019-20 audit and an update to a bid with Sjostrom & Sons for painting and sandblasting work at Spring Lake Pool. The bid, which covers the pool and concession area, will be for $96,216.60. The board also held a public hearing to sell $775,000 in general obligation park bonds.