Parks to consider new bond issue

2013-11-18T19:30:00Z 2013-11-18T20:22:13Z Parks to consider new bond issueJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | The Portage Park Board will consider floating a new bond issue.

A $3.5 million bond issue was denied by the City Council earlier this month after months of work by park officials.

While a possible new bond issue wasn't discussed at Monday night's public meeting, Park Board President Ken Lorenz said it is something they are considering.

"I'm looking at meeting with the City Council people and going over a needs list," Lorenz said. He said he didn't believe anything in the original proposal was "fluff."

Lorenz said there were some "real needs" in the defeated proposition, including a new roof for the community building at Woodland Park and improvements at Countryside Park.

Neither Lorenz nor Park Board attorney Marco Molina were sure whether the parks would have to start from scratch on a new issue or if they could modify the proposal defeated by a 4-3 vote by the City Council.

In other business, Pam Passera, recreation director, told the board she was retiring at the end of the year.

Passera had submitted a letter announcing her intentions to retire last month, citing difficulties with a board member along with the emotional and physical stress recent events, including the resignations of preschool teachers, had caused her.

On Monday, Passera, 52, who has been with the parks for 26 years said she is indeed retiring, but postponed it until year's end.

"I have to thank everyone in the city of Portage," she said. "We have the best staff in this park department who work to give people quality programs."

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