By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

ARLINGTON — A levy to finance “substantial” repairs and upkeep at the Arlington village park and community swimming pool will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot in Arlington.

Village voters will consider an additional five-year, 2-mill parks and recreation levy.

According to the Hancock County Auditor’s Office, the levy would generate $41,453 annually. A homeowner with a residence appraised at $100,000 would pay $70 a year.

Pool upkeep and upgrades at the park are needed, according to village officials.

Arlington Councilman Tom Blunk, who chairs council’s Park Committee, said about $40,000 would be required to repair the sand filter tanks at the swimming pool before the pool can open next year.

Replacing the roof of the pool house and pump house could cost between $7,000 and $10,000.

Also, an electrical box at the pool house has been damaged by chlorine and other chemicals that are used at the pool. And attention must be given to concrete around the swimming pool, which was built in 1990.

Concrete work has been estimated at about $50,000, but depends on how much damaged concrete is replaced.

Arlington Council spends about $30,000 to $40,000 each year from the general fund to pay for maintenance, pool chemicals, pool employees’ salaries, ballfields and other supplies at the park, village officials said.

“There are other things that need done at the park. However, there has not been the funds to pay for those upgrades, such as the tennis courts that need redone,” Blunk said.

An estimate to replace the tennis court surface, and fix nets and poles there, was about $50,000.

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