by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve designation of the old Sugar Grove Hotel site as a Veterans Park.
The Veterans Park is intended to honor those who have served the country, and is a green space intended for reflection, as well as celebration of holidays such as the 4th of July and Memorial Day. The Village Board at its Committee of the Whole meeting on June 7 was receptive to the design of the park, which includes a monument space, rear parking lot and a general park area.
According to a report from Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger, village staff met with the Veterans Park Committee (VPC)—the group responsible for the idea of the park—as well as the owners of property adjoining on the north side of the site, after the Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss the project.
“It sounded like it was a pretty good meeting,” Village President Sean Michels said.
The report states that the VPC wanted the old Sugar Grove Hotel site designated as Veterans Park in order to gather the funds that will go towards the park’s scheduled improvements. Village staff agreed with the VPC, and set a list of requirements that include: improvements and upkeep will be the responsibility of a not-for-profit group; insurance provided insurance to the village by said not-for-profit group; and the understanding that improvements made to the park will need a permit and/or village staff approval.
According to the report, the VPC intends for Veterans Park to not require any money from the village. However, staff time will be considered an in-kind donation. Michels said the village would not seek reimbursement as long as out-of-pocket costs are kept under $1,000.