From John Pletz comes the statement below on the Crystal Lake Park District’s purchasing of Northwestern Medicine’s fitness center.
It does not seem to exactly fit the Northwest Herald’s headline on the subject.
“I commend the Crystal Lake Park District for engaging the Hitchcock Group to put a Comprehensive Plan together.
“They reached out to the community, major stakeholders and park staff.
“To see where our community, stakeholders and staff want us to go.
“I think the tax payers are very clear on the fact that they want a great park district.
“They also don’t want to raise taxes.
“As far as the, now shuttered, Health Bridge facility issue goes, let me share a few thoughts.
“Perhaps they were negatively affected by COVID, as were many businesses.
“They closed down.
“Perhaps they were not able to pay their expenses.
“If so, it was a good business decision for them to close down.
“Now, should we, the tax payers, try to take on something that a much larger entity was unable to keep open?
“By the way, I was a dues paying member of Heath Bridge for over 13 years and it was my home away from home.
“Where I kept healthy and made friends.
“The study has indicated that we are not only an aging population, but also a, slightly diminishing population.
“We will need to provide parks and programs aimed at the population of the future.
“I would support the current board in pursuing what has been gleaned from the study.
“It appears that we want an indoor aquatics facility, an indoor track and we don’t want our taxes raised.
“The study says there are 2 major, geographical, areas underserved. The far north area of our district and west area.
“The park district was responsive to earlier focus groups and we now have the very popular
“If you allow me to serve with the other Crystal Lake Park Board Commissioners, I will work with them and the staff, to address the desires and wants of the Crystal Lake Park District’s taxpayers.
“In an abundance of counselors, there is much wisdom.
“Our current Board of Commissioners and Executive Director, Jason Herbster, are wise in seeking council from us park district users, stakeholders and staff.
“I thank Debbie Gallagher for her many years of service on the board.
“If voters choose to elect me, I’m asking Debbie to be one of my councilors.”