Plainfield Parks Referenda: Yes to Term Limits, No To Dog Park Permits

Voters also said yes to exploring an indoor recreation facility.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Voters overwhelmingly voted in support of term limits for Plainfield Park District commissioners Tuesday night, with more than 89 percent of Will County voters saying yes to the non-binding advisory question. Ninety-three percent of Kendall County voters also said yes.

The question asked voters whether the park district commissioners should be permitted to serve only two six-year terms.

If the term limits come to pass, current Commissioner Larry Newton would be unable to run again, since his second term expires in 2015.

The remaining five board members are serving their first term: Janet Silosky and Peter Steinys were elected in 2013; Mary Kay Ludemann was elected in 2009 and Peter Hurtado was elected in 2011.

Voters also said "yes" to advising the park board to explore building an indoor recreational facility.

However, more than 57 percent of  Will County voters said "no" to a question asking whether permits should be required for Plainfield Park District dog parks.

Here's what voters said in both Will and Kendall counties:

  • Should the use of Plainfield Township Park District's dog parks be regulated by permit? NO
  • Should the Plainfield Township Park District impose term limits on the members of its park board so they may serve no more than two six-year terms? YES
  • Should the Plainfield Township Park District investigate the purchase or construction of an indoor recreational facility? YES
JoAnn Argoudelis Edenburn March 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM
The park district has a lot of bad publicity in recent times, maybe they should focus on the policies and actions of a few of the board members. I am not pointing fingers but there is one in particular who comes to mind.
John Tips March 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM
The word is "CONTROL" and the time has come for us to take back from fools, idiots, loafers, cronies, and self-profiteering individuals the trust we once provided them! Less then 16% of us it seems care about our community, our government or our state! Maybe we should begin by voters dyeing our fingers purple on election day - so the ones who care can admonish the ones who do not vote but only care to bitch?
Randy Wayne March 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM
In regards to the dog park, I would prefer permits simply because they could be renewable yearly based solely on proof that each dog is up to date on shots. Otherwise, you're running the risk of having to worry about your dog getting sick (or worse) because of an irresponsible owner's dog interacting with your dog.
Ericus Alanas March 19, 2014 at 02:00 PM
permits are great, there is some overhead to managing them, until Plainfield has more dog parks I actually see this as a decent step that it was on the ballot. I belong to Will county dog parks and they are very well run and the extra money for the permits contributes to the great upkeep and licencing structure. I do however notice that the Plainfield parks are a bit overrun with misbehaved dogs.
Tim March 19, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Ericus - the PD can't even manage to put FOIA requests on their webpage without claiming there is 'too much overhead'. Seeing as this is a basic function of their job, I don't think adding to those functions with more permit applications should even be considered, until the basics functions defined by law are taken care of first. Currently they ARE violating the FOIA act, in removing this information from the site, contrary to what has been claimed. (5 ILCS 140/4 Ch.116 par 204) defines that a public body that maintains a website MUST post FOIA requests and responses. It is not optional, and this law went into effect in 2010. The dysfunction directly caused by this board majority is a joke. Either these documents are put back on the website by the next board meeting, or yet ANOTHER complaint will be going to the Attorney General office for violating the FOIA act. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=85&ChapterID=2


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