To the Editor:
This issue involving the Kiwanis Park land swap is proving to be one of the largest grassroots movements I have ever witnessed in our community. People are working hard to try to obtain facts and information and to encourage a resolution that will save our park.
One of the main objectives is to have the governmental units sit down and discuss the matter and then direct their respective administrators to come up with a creative solution. One avenue is the possibility of applying for state grants and perhaps exploring federal, local, and private funding sources. This prompted me to solicit some advice from state Rep. Robert Pritchard's office.
There are grants available. Only governmental units can apply. Jesse Sheehan, from Rep. Pritchard's local office sent me some information about grant possibilities. This information has been sent to DeKalb School District 428, the City of DeKalb, and the DeKalb Park District. They can help by agreeing to meet and explore these possibilities.
There is no reason for our officials to be fearful of "stepping on each other's toes." All units serve the same public and we rely on them to work together for the good of the community. We have a good community. Yes, there is much to do to improve, and there always will be, but by working together we can build on a vision that will not only maintain what we have, but will enhance it as well.
I’m begging our officials to gather their forces and resolve this issue. Many people who are concerned about our beloved Kiwanis Park are ready to help in any way they can.