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Park Perks – Summer 2021
Park District News
Borg Warner Referendum Results
The Frankfort Park District had a Non-Binding referendum on the April Consolidated election regarding the purchase of property. This year, Borg Warner announced they are closing the Frankfort plant at the end of 2021. The Board and staff saw this as a unique opportunity to evaluate the property for possible improvements that would allow for increased recreation programs and facilities designed to enrich the lives of Frankfort residents.
The Park District had a non-binding referendum question on the ballot to gauge resident’s support of the Park District purchasing and renovating the property that would result in a tax increase. The election results indicated that 56% residents supported the Park District looking further at the acquisition and opportunity of the Borg Warner site. The non-binding advisory question did not affect property taxes for residents.
The Park District is moving forward with the next steps that will include engaging the community, developing an architectural design and cost and an operating budget for the proposed facility. As the District moves forward through the process, decisions will be evaluated on when the question would go before the residents for an approval of the purchase of the property via a Binding referendum. The Park District would need to pass a binding referendum to issue bonds to purchase and renovate the property. The earliest the questions would be posed would be in March of 2022. If the community supported a binding referendum, it would be approximately two years from the vote before the space would be occupied.
The acquisition of the site will allow the Park District to consolidate aging facilities that need significant capital investment while providing a recreation campus for indoor and outdoor activities. Consideration of amenities for the Borg Warner plant include but are not limited to swimming, turf fields, sports, preschool, fitness and more. Information on the non-binding referendum can be found on the District’s website at https://www.frankfortparks.org/frankfort-park-district-referendum-overview/
To impact property taxes, the District would need to have a binding referendum which, if successful, would provide funds to purchase and renovate the property. The next opportunity that could be done would be in 2022, impacting the 2023 property taxes.
Welcome New Board Members
The Frankfort Park District Board of Commissioners and Staff would like you to join us in welcoming our newly elected board members, Elme rGentry and Mike McCarey, and re-elected Commissioners Tom Ruvoli and Mark Ponton.
On April 6 the Frankfort Park District had elections for open Commissioner positions on the ballot. There were 4 Commissioners seats that were up in the election. Five candidates ran for the four open commissioner positions. Two incumbents, Tom Ruvoli and Mark Ponton were re-elected. There will be 2 new Commissioners, Elmer Gentry and Mike McCarey.
Ruvoli is a senior portfolio manager and has served on the park district board since 2015. In his Patch questionnaire, he wrote that the most pressing issue facing the district is recovering from the recent pandemic. “To accomplish this goal, I support and will continue to work as a member of the Frankfort Park District to become more innovative in offering programs and services that are unique,” he wrote.
Ponton was appointed to the board in 2020, and he has worked in IT project management for financial and food service companies. He has also served on boards at St. Anthony Preschool, St. Mary Mokena school board and athletic board.
Mike McCarey has been a Frankfort Falcons board director for five years serving as Vice President for the last two. “A year and a half ago I felt I could better serve Frankfort Baseball as a director on their board also, so I was brought on as a director as well as continuing coaching.” He has worked closely with the Park District in his volunteer positions. “I can help bring fresh ideas and an operational knowledge to the board of commissioners,” said Mike.
Elmer Gentry has volunteered countless hours to Frankfort Girls Softball, including serving as President for many years. He’ll be a great asset to our Park District Board.
Tuesday’s, April 6th election results are unofficial until certified by the county on April 27. Provisional Ballots cast on Election Day and all late Vote By Mail Ballots postmarked by Election Day will be counted at Provisional Count on April 20, according to the county clerk’s office.
Frankfort On Pointe – Dance Troupe competed at the Rainbow Dance Competition
The weekend of March 12-14, 2021 the Frankfort On Pointe – Dance Troupe competed at the Rainbow Dance Competition in Joliet. Each dance, Hold On, Surrender, and Me Too, received Platinum Awards for their performances. Me Too placed 10th Overall for Top Starz of tomorrow Small Group. Surrender received a Rising Starz Judges Choice Award for being “Light and Lovely”. We are incredibly proud of all of their hard work. Amazing job girls!
Visit the website at www.facebook.com/frankfortonpointedanceprogram for information on our Dance Program.
Thank You to Our Park District Families
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the families that have participated in the Frankfort Park District programs and events during these unprecedented times! We appreciate your support, your understanding and your flexibility that you have shown us this past year! The Park District Board and staff continue to evaluate and monitor the guidelines set by the State, so we can safely provide recreational opportunities for all ages. We look forward to seeing more families safely enjoying our parks and programs in the upcoming months.
We welcome your feedback on how we can provide a safe recreational experience for you and your family. Please take a moment to complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHV79W7. Your feedback is appreciated!
Do you need Community Service hours for school? Or do you just enjoy helping others? The Frankfort Park District is always looking for volunteers to help with various Special Events and other programs. Interested in volunteering? Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or email her at email@example.com.
Interested in Volunteering?
Contact Cali DeBella our Special Events Coordinator at 815-469-9400 or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you from the Frankfort Park District
The Frankfort Park District would like to take a moment to thank all of you who have volunteered at our events throughout the year. A lot of time and work goes into putting on a successful event, and we could not have done it without our volunteers! We appreciate your continued support!
2021 Volunteer Opportunities:
Click on the Event name to Sign-up Online for Volunteer Opportunities:
After-Hours Drop Box
For your convenience, the Frankfort Park District has an after-hours drop box located outside of the main entrance of the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak Street. Registrations placed in the drop box will be processed the following business day.
Hold your next party at the Frankfort Park District!
If you are looking for an affordable site to hold your party or event, the Founders Community Center is available for rental. Parties, weddings, showers or meetings can be held in our classrooms, gymnasium or the Founders Room. For more information, including rental rates and availability, please call the park district office at 815-469-9400.
Customer Service Statement
The Frankfort Park District is committed to providing responsive, friendly, courteous and excellent service to our customers.