The Effingham Park Board approved the final payment of $218,240 to Poettkers Construction for work on the Workman Sports Complex Wednesday night. The facility opened its doors in February of last year and has been gradually increasing its membership numbers since then. “It’s a good problem to have when the chief complaint I hear is that there’s too many people out there,” Board President David McDevitt said on Wednesday. As of the end of last month, the complex had 2,289 memberships, with 5989 individual members. “Based on the original projections, we’ve exceeded what we though we were going to do in total,” said complex General Manager Jake Junghanel.
In other action the board heard their annual Audit from accountant Mark Kenter. Overall, District finances were consistent with the previous year, barring expenditures for the Workman Sports Complex. Kenter was also approved for the next District audit.
The board also voted to annex a portion of Evergreen Avenue into the district following the City of Effingham. Park District Director Jeff Altoff told the board that he is looking into to purchasing security cameras for some of the District’s properties due to recent vandalism.