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The Telegram
  • Ilion to charge fee for summer park program

  • The village of Ilion will begin charging a fee for its summer park program.

    During Wednesday evening’s board of trustees meeting, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Adam Fowler presented the board with the idea to charge a fee for each child to help with program costs. “We’ve been doing this for free for too long and we have to offset some of our costs,” he said.

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  • The village of Ilion will begin charging a fee for its summer park program.
    During Wednesday evening’s board of trustees meeting, Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Adam Fowler presented the board with the idea to charge a fee for each child to help with program costs. “We’ve been doing this for free for too long and we have to offset some of our costs,” he said.
    The board voted and approved the cost of $30 per child for the season.
    The decision as to where to place the cap for a family with two or more children has been left up to the discretion of the parks and recreation commission.
    Children will receive free lunches through the state free lunch park recreation program.
    In order for children to participate in the program at either the Montgomery Street playground or the Remington Elementary School playground they must be pre-registered at village hall prior to the start of the summer recreation program.
    In other business Wednesday evening, it was decided the village board will work with the village attorney to rewrite current peddler’s codes to better address modernized peddler and vendor amusement devices. “Coin operated machines or anything used for amusement purposes such as crank games or video arcade games are in the peddler’s codes, but new amusement devices such as video machines which require credit cards are not listed in the current codes,” said village Clerk Linda Coffin.
    Fire Chief James Trevett suggested creating photo identification cards for vendors that sell door-to-door for safety compliance purposes. The village board agreed and decided to take his suggestion into consideration for the updated codes.
    • The municipal utility board has been working with the town of German Flatts to update a current contract that allows the village of Ilion to provide water to portions of the town.
    Board Chair Larry Gookins said the MUB has been able to reach an agreement with the town and at this point it’s up to the village to approve it.
    The village board will take final action on the contract on May 22.
    • Ilion Days Committee member Jan Burling announced the theme of this year’s Ilion Days as “The Magic of Ilion.” The event will take place from July 13 to 21 with several activities planned throughout the village.

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