COLONA -- The Colona Park District won't contest petitions to place a referendum issue on the Nov. 4 ballot, allowing district residents to decide whether to dissolve the park district, according to a park district spokeswoman.|
Petitions with more than 1,700 signatures were submitted July 31. Based on the last election, the group wanting to dissolve the district needed just 1,097 signatures from registered voters in the park district.
Petition organizer Tom Jones said the referendum is worded "Shall Colona park district be dissolved?"
Park district president Tony Alexander said Tuesday that the park board has "sat silent way too long while naysayers who aren't for this, really, we let them carry the lead."
He said the district is working on an information drive, and plans to produce a brochure to inform taxpayers of the plans "to enhance Colona and bring a community center to Colona so everyone will know what the benefits are."
The park district meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the township building, 510 Colona Road. The district is in the midst of planning to build a new community center with a swimming pool.
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