Village president’s letter announces Lufkin Pool will not re-open in 2018
By Chris Fox LOMBARDIAN-VILLA PARK REVIEW STAFF REPORTER
Villa Park Village President Albert Bulthuis sent a recent letter to village residents stating that Lufkin Pool will not be open this year. The pool, located at 1000 S. Ardmore Ave., is approximately 60 years old and in need of significant repairs. “At the end of the 2017 pool season the liner at Lufkin Pool became detached and in need of replacement,” stated Bulthuis in the letter, dated Dec. 29, 2017. “Staff removed the liner and with the help of representatives of Williams Architects, reviewed the condition of the pool and developed a list of needed improvements. Items needing repair were placed into several proposals, which were provided to the Village Board for consideration.” At the Nov. 6 Villa Park Village Board meeting, board members voted down two resolutions related to repairs at the pool. One of the resolutions called for the approval of a $25,000 agreement with Williams Architects of Itasca for aquatic engineering services for filtration renovation of the pool. The second resolution called for the authorization of the purchase of a new liner for the pool. The cost of a new liner was estimated at about $88,500. Without a new liner, the pool cannot open this year. Bulthuis added in his letter to residents that the village is planning to demolish all structures at Lufkin Pool and return the area to open green space. The village president also referred to a 2013 assessment of both of Lufkin Pool and Jefferson Pool by Williams Architects. The assessments listed several major improvements needed at both pools. Jefferson Pool, which is located at 341 N. Harvard Ave., opened in 1966. Villa Park Village Manager Rich Keehner noted during the Nov. 6 board meeting that the assessment by Williams Architects stated the significant improvements at Lufkin Pool, including the cost of a replacement liner, had an estimated cost of about $440,000. The liner at Lufkin Pool that failed in 2017 had been installed 20 years earlier, in 1997. The recent letter from Bulthuis referred to “The Village’s desire to move forward with community support for a new Community Pool and/ or Recreation Center to benefit all residents.” “Moving forward, the Village will schedule and host a series of community- wide meetings aimed at receiving community input and determining what our residents would support developing (i.e., an open pool, a closed pool, a recreation center, or any combination thereof),” stated the village president’s letter. Bulthuis stated during the Nov. 6 board meeting that construction of such a new facility would not take place for at least 10 years. A group of village residents recently banded together in an attempt to keep Lufkin Pool open. The residents formed a “Save Lufkin Pool” Facebook page and, as of press time, were planning a protest outside of Villa Park Village Hall before the Jan. 8 board meeting. “It is understood, the closing of Lufkin Pool is difficult for some residents in the Lufkin Pool area,” added Bulthuis in his letter. “However, as a community, the time has come for us to improve the quality of life for ourselves and our future generations by replacing and providing quality park and recreation facilities.” Bulthuis’ letter, Williams Architects’ 2013 evaluation of Villa Park’s pools, the village’s 2015 parks and recreation master plan and information about a potential community pool and/or recreation center are available online at invillapark.com/ inmotion. The letter also advised residents with questions about the pool to call the village manager’s office at 630- 592-6052, or to send an e-mail to the village at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cullerton outlines new laws to benefit veterans
Starting the first of this year, there are new laws in place to better serve Illinois veterans. Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, state Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is proud of the work the Illinois General Assembly completed last legislative session to serve and honor the sacrifices Illinois veterans have made for our state and nation. The laws make it easier for veterans and military personnel to get cancer screenings, terminate their phone contracts during deployment, obtain specialty veteran license plates and more. “Illinois’ heroes have worked to serve and protect our democratic values and principles. It’s important that we continue to honor the sacrifices they have made for us by implementing common-sense legislation to improve our military men and women’s lives,” Cullerton said. “I urge area advocates and organizations to familiarize themselves with them to better serve and educate our heroes as they return home.” Cullerton served in the Army from 1990 to 1993 as an infantryman. He continues to use his military experience to champion legislation to help military veterans, personnel and their families. And believes we must continue to honor the work our military personnel do throughout the year. “We have more work to do to guarantee our veterans and military persons receive the services and protections they deserve,” Cullerton said. “I remain committed to better serving our heroes and honoring the sacrifices they have made for our great nation. I will continue to work with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to better serve Illinois veterans and military members.” DuPage County residents can read the list of laws to aid Illinois veterans that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, at http://bit.ly/2A6QktF. Cullerton urges veterans, military personnel, service providers and organizations to reach out to his Villa Park Office at 630-903-6662 for further information or with any questions concerning the legislation or state services.
Villa Park briefs
Free cardiac screenings for students offered at Willowbrook on Feb. 15 The Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) cardiac screening program, a notfor- profit organization affiliated with Advocate Charitable Foundation, offers free electrocardiograms (ECGs) to identify high school students at risk for heart conditions. District 88 has partnered with YH4L and will host a free screening at Willowbrook High School on Feb. 15, and at Addison Trail High School on Feb. 22. According to YH4L, about 3,000 young adults die of sudden cardiac death each year. YH4L has provided screenings since fall 2006 and has tested more than 170,000 students with ECGs. The program has identified about 2,200 young adults who needed further evaluation, and many of those individuals had life-threatening conditions that were discovered through YH4L screenings. District 88 parents and guardians are encouraged to have their students participate in the events. Registration can be completed at dupage88.net/ YH4L2018. Parents, guardians and community members also are needed to help run next month’s events. Details about how to sign up as a volunteer can also be found at dupage88.net/YH4L2018. For questions or more information about Young Hearts for Life, go to http://www.yh4l.org, or contact District 88 Director of Community Relations Dani Brink at 630-530-3989 or email@example.com. District 88 would like to thank Edward-Elmhurst Health for sponsoring this event.
Holiday lights must be removed after 90 days Temporary exterior holiday lights, including Christmas lights, are permitted in Villa Park for a maximum of 90 days. The Village of Villa Park advises residents to remove Christmas lights after the end of the holiday season. All temporary lighting will need to be removed by April 1. If you don’t plan to use your lights again, the village advises you to recycle them.
Tickets are on sale for foundation’s 2018 fundraiser The Partnership for Inspired Education (PIE) Foundation invites you to attend an evening of entertainment, dining and fun to raise money for students in DuPage County school districts 4, 45, 48 and 88. The PIE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that serves public school students in those districts. The PIE Foundation’s 2018 fundraiser will take place on March 11, 2018, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The evening will feature a performance of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” as well as dinner, raffles and an auction. Tickets are $90 per person if bought before Feb. 1, 2018, and $95 per person if bought after Feb. 1. Tickets can be bought online at the foundation’s website— www.piefoundation.org. If you’re unable to attend the musical, you can support the foundation through making an online donation at http://piefoundation.org/donations. html. Founded in 2009, PIE is designed to be the foundation that supports a long-term partnership among the community, businesses, schools and, most importantly, the children served. For more information, contact District 88 Director of Community Relations Dani Brink at 630-530-3989, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.