VALPARAISO — The City Council has approved a revised interlocal cooperative agreement with Center Township for park and recreational services.

After the Center Township Advisory Board had approved the agreement earlier Monday, City Attorney Ethan Lowe outlined the document that amends the original 2016 agreement that, among other things, creates a joint park board.

According to Lowe, concerns over the original pact included township funding for this joint venture. The amended agreement calls for a $65,000 annual township funding obligation, along with the township earmarking $750,000 for possible future park developments.

The agreement covers the joint park board, transfer of power, funding and budgets, issuance of bonds, and duration and termination procedures.

“We should explore ways to meet the needs of residents and offer our partnership," said Mayor Jon Costas, who supported the ordinance. 

The council vote was 6-1 in favor. Councilman Robert Cotton, D-2nd, citing concerns over bonding authority, was the lone dissenter.

In other business:

  • The council approved a resolution authorizing Clerk-Treasurer Sharon Swihart to make loans from the city’s Rainy Day Fund to several municipal funds in anticipation of tax revenues. This yearly activity, Swihart explained, supplies needed funds to motor vehicle highway, parks and recreation, cumulative capital development, corporation bond and interest, park bond and fire territory funds.
  • Council members gave preliminary approval to three ordinances set for a final vote Jan. 8. One ordinance addresses appropriating $158,200 in the parking meter department. The other two ordinances are related to a proposed registration of monitored fire and burglar alarms.