At a special meeting held this morning, trustees voted to restore park hours. Effective immediately, the lights at North Park will be on at appropriate times to allow residents to enjoy the ammenities from dawn to 10 p.m. daily. The township’s yard waste site will be open dawn to dusk daily.
Trustees turned up the lights.
All of the lights.
Passage of the township’s 1-mill, 5-year Parks and Recreation levy Tuesday gave trustees the option of restoring park and yard waste hours.
At a special meeting held this morning, trustees voted to do just that. Effective immediately, the lights at North Park will be on at appropriate times to allow residents to enjoy the ammenities from dawn to 10 p.m. daily. The township’s yard waste site will be open dawn to dusk daily.
The levy, which is expected to generate $1.26 million annually, will help to ease the loss of $3 million in tax revenue from cuts in state funding and the expired roads levy.
“The moneys generated from this levy will be used only for the parks and expenses related to the parks,” Trustee Todd Hawke said.
Hawke said the grounds in all of the parks have been kept in good shape even with lower seasonal hiring. Passage of the levy, however, will allow the parks department to keep-up on the maintenance of the playgrounds and the shelters which would have been affected negatively had the levy failed.
The Jackson Township trustees made several budget cuts in late February to prepare for the funding losses including several layoffs and reassignments in the Public Works department. James Walters, president of the trustees, said he doesn’t anticipate bringing back anyone from layoffs this year.
“The trustees will work on restoring some of the services such as extended hours at the parks and the yard waste," Walters said, "but, from my view, I don’t anticipate brining back anyone back who has been laid off."
Future community events held in the parks such as the Community Celebration and the Easter Egg Hunt will be reviewed as part of the budgeting process later this year. Events on tap for this year were already budgeted.
“The parks are significant to the township and I’m pleased that residents felt it important to support the levy,” Walters said.