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The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District, in an effort to keep ahead of facilities issues, agreed to hire a parks department building maintenance supervisor.

The park district faced numerous problems last year at its Splash Pad that required staff to be called out after hours to handle emergency needs. The park district’s facilities are aging, so problems do come up, said Doug Boehm, superintendent of parks and planning.

This person will be part crew leader and part worker joining the three full-time building technicians. The park district also has a staff of six full-time park workers.

The person filling this slot will be helping the district be “pro-active on facilities needs,” Boehm told board members. The new hire does not have a residency requirement but would need to be available evenings and weekends to take on emergencies.

The board also agreed to purchase a new truck for the Coyote Run Golf Course grounds staff. Boehm said he would be replacing a 2004 truck with lots of miles and plenty of wear-and-tear.

The district has a tight budget and staff didn’t want to purchase a new vehicle. Van Drunen Ford worked with the district offering a 2013 Ford F-150 that came in on a trade-in. Boehm said the final cost, after a trade-in allowance, came to $24,800 which was below the $25,000 he had allocated in the budget.

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