SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board approved a three-year deal to lease exercise equipment for its recreation center.
Trustees voted 5-0 to provide up to $109,000 with Municipal Asset Management, Inc., for the new equipment installed last month on a three-year lease at the South Holland Recreation Center, 500 E. 170th St.
The center dates back to 2000, and village Attorney Timothy Lapp said much of the equipment there was as old as the facility itself.
Trustee Andrew Johnson, Jr., who chairs the Village Board’s parks and recreation committee, said new equipment will benefit residents.
“This is a great deal for us,” Johnson said. “The repairs for the old equipment were costing us so much that we could get new, and better, equipment for the same amount of money.”
Johnson also said the new equipment may allow for new classes and exercise programs to be offered by the village’s parks department.
In other business, the Village Board voted to an amendment to a redevelopment agreement between municipal government and the Panera Bread franchise at 300 E. 162nd St.
The amendment, according to Lapp, relates to a $145,000 payment to the franchise owners for work they did to improve the outer appearance of the store.
“For the small amount of redevelopment money, the beauty of that facade is money well spent," village President Don De Graff said.
Trustees also approved a resolution that allows for negotiations between the village and Ed Miniat, Inc., 16250 Vincennes Ave., over possible financial benefits to be received by the company from a tax increment finance district.
“It’s a wonderful thing for (South Holland) to keep such good businesses here,” De Graff said.