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.
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.
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-News… Aurora votes to apply for grant for McCarty Park work
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