Splash pad project a hot topic at Monday night’s council meeting

Despite dealing with some technical difficulties while incorporating social distancing protocols at their meeting on Monday, the Red Bud City Council still had considerable conversation about the possibility of a splash pad.

Most of the council members still attended the meeting in person, making sure to provide plenty of distance between each other; while three attended remotely utilizing Zoom. Utilizing this method kept the meeting open to the public and allowed all of the aldermen to participate, even though there was audio issues for one alderman.

The topic of the splash pad project was listed on the agenda with the addition of a grant application submittal with HMG Engineers, Inc. 

Alderman Kyle Donjon explained that he had talked with Waterloo’s city superintendent about their splash pad project. Waterloo was a recipient of a $400,000 Illinois Department of Natural Resources Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant in January to build a splash pad.

Donjon reported that Waterloo used HMG for the grant and project, and the company was recommended to him to use in getting a grant for Red Bud.

He added that while the timing to work on getting a splash pad may seem odd due to the current COVID-19 situation, the application period for the grant opens on May 1.

For more from the Red Bud City Council meeting, please see this week’s print edition.