By ERIC SCHAADT
ARLINGTON — Arlington voters approved a levy Tuesday to finance substantial repairs and upkeep at the Arlington village park and community swimming pool.
Village voters passed an additional five-year, 2-mill parks and recreation levy by a vote of 490 (67.2 percent) to 239 (32.8 percent), according to unofficial results from the Hancock County Board of Elections. The votes include absentee ballots.
According to the Hancock County Auditor’s Office, the levy will generate $41,453 annually. A homeowner with a residence appraised at $100,000 would pay $70 a year.
“I am very thankful to the citizens of Arlington for their support of this levy,” Councilman Tom Blunk said Tuesday, “It is obvious that the pool and park are important to the community and we (Council) will get started on the much-needed work to the pool.
“We can now work on maintaining the parks and pool, and look at improving areas of the park for the community’s enjoyment.”
According to village officials, sand filter tanks at the swimming pool need to be fixed. Replacing the roof of the pool house and pump house could cost between $7,000 and $10,000.
Attention must be given to concrete around the pool, which was built in 1990. Concrete work has been estimated at about $50,000, depending how much concrete is replaced.
Tennis courts require attention, along with maintaining ball fields.
About $30,000 to $40,000 is spent each year from the general fund to pay for maintenance, chemicals, pool employees’ salaries and other supplies.
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