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Alderman Judd Lofchie of the 10th Ward voted against the grant application.

Aurora City Council moves forward with a McCarty Park grant application, 9-1

AURORA, Ill., Sept. 24, 2019 — Tonight at the Aurora City Council meeting, the alderman voted 9-1 to authorize the city’s park and recreation department to apply for a $109, 000 grant from the state for McCarty Park. The city will be matching this grant.

Pastor Oscar O. Cortes offers a prayer.

Pastor Oscar O. Cortes of St. Rita of Cascia offers an invocation at the Sept. 24, 2019 Aurora City Council meeting.

Alderman Judd Lofchie of the 10th Ward voted against the grant application. He expressed concerns about the priority of playground equipment as part of the requested park grant. Other grant funds would be used to fix and upgrade the park’s existing water spray splash. An additional concern for Lofchie was related to the on-going issue of the park and playground equipment and registered sex offenders at nearby Wayside Cross Ministries (WCM).

Alderman At-Large Bob Connor and other aldermen noted that this is just the beginning of a process and concerns about McCarty Park playground equipment can be addressed at a later date.

The evening’s public comment time featured three individuals who expressed  support for WCM and opposition to the park grant . The individuals were Mike Mueller, Mary Ann Vincent, and Sharon Slaughter.

Sharon Slaughter speaks out about McCarty Park grant application.

Sharon Slaughter commented at the Sept. 24, 2019 city council meeting in opposition to a McCarty Park grant application.

This grant request will be waiting approval of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Editor’s Update: Additional reading from the Sept. 27, 2019 Beacon-NewsAurora votes to apply for grant for McCarty Park work

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John Ross on Saturday, April 23, 2016 launched XPian News, a part of  Daybreak Communications, Inc. Ross is the facilitator of Aurora Christian Ministry Network (ACMN) and a member of the Fox Valley Christian Ministerial Alliance (FVCMA). He serves on the boards of Wayside Cross Ministries and the Kiwanis Club of Aurora. As a follower of Jesus, he has been for some 40 years a member of First Presbyterian Church - Aurora. He has an M.A. - Christian Leadership from Wheaton College Graduate School and undergraduate at Trinity International University.

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