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Village president’s letter announces
Lufkin Pool will not re-open in 2018

By Chris Fox

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
The cost of a new liner was estimated
at about $88,500. Without a
new liner, the pool cannot open this
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
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
“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/
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 inmotion@invillapark.com.

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/
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 dbrink@dupage88.net.
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

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.
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 dbrink@dupage88.net.