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Irons Oaks meeting rooms to get new flooring

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District agreed to a nearly $12,000 expenditure to do improvements at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center.

At their meeting on Dec. 20, the commissioners approved a purchase of $6,361 for new COREtec Plus flooring from ProSource Wholesale Floorings, and $5,620 for O’Kelly’s Custom Carpet and Painting to install the new flooring in the Irons and Oaks Rooms in the facility at Western Avenue and Vollmer Road.

The spaces get plenty of use and the carpet tiles that have been in place since 2008 are showing their wear, said Cheryl Vargo, manager of Irons Oaks.  Despite staff’s best efforts to keep the carpeting clean, including steam carpet cleaning and buffers that use a dry, environmentally friendly method of cleaning, the grease and food stains don’t disappear.

Vargo said the meeting spaces are available for rentals, but the current appearance leaves much to be desired. The board agreed, and approved Vargo’s request to also install the new flooring in the adjoining hallway and Irons Oaks lobby area.


COREtec Plus is a vinyl laminate flooring engineered with a hard center for increased durability with an underside of cork, Vargo told the park commissioners. The floor will be simple to clean and has a 10-year commercial warranty.

In other business, the board agreed to purchase two new Toro GrandStand stand-on mowers. By purchasing new machines dated as 2016 model, the park district will be saving nearly $3,500 said Doug Boehm, superintendent of parks. Commissioners approved a low bid from Russo’s of Frankfort, Ill., for $15,515 for the two mowers.

The board also agreed to abate taxes for principal and interest on four general obligation (GO) bond issues. The GO bonds in the amounts of $2.5 million, $3.74 million, $8.99 million and $3.48 million were issued for improvements at the Dolphin Lake Clubhouse, Ice Arena, H-F Racquet & Fitness Club, Coyote Run Golf Course and park improvements, Sharon Dangles, superintendent of finance and administration, explained.  

“The abatement means that no increase in property taxes will be made to pay for the principal and interest on these bonds as they will be paid from other revenue sources,” she said.


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