The DeKalb Park District (DPD) did not endorse City of DeKalb’s Annie Glidden North proposal.
The resolution on the issue, unanimously passed during a special meeting Tuesday night, reads as follows:
NOW BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the DeKalb Park District, County of DeKalb, and State of Illinois, as follows:
That the DeKalb Park District does in good faith and through its cooperative nature support the City of DeKalb in its deveopment of a plan for the revitalization of the Annie Glidden North neighborhood and will actively participate in the development of the plan for the benefit of the residents of the Park District.
The commissioners support “a” plan that they “will actively participate in.”
DPD had the special meeting to hear the city’s presentation on the plan proposal. It was the only chance they had to hear the proposal before the DeKalb city council considers it next week.
That’s right, City of DeKalb plans to push through the proposal without ever consulting DPD, even though DPD operates four parks within the area designated as Annie Glidden North. Apparently, the city thought DPD would just rubberstamp the proposal.
I honestly can’t wait to read the minutes of this meeting. According to attendees, commissioners did not exactly mince words.
Council members: We love the new you, and we want you to succeed. Please remove Annie Glidden North from the agenda for the time being, and take steps to mend fences with the park district.
And please, take a good hard look at the unforced errors of your city manager.