Metamora looks to future on pool, community center

Laura Nightengale GateHouse Media Illinois

Collaboration may be the key to finding long-term solutions to some of Metamora’s community issues, village President Ken Maurer says.

The Village Board heard updates at its regular meeting Sept. 1 on two ongoing projects that involve public spaces: the replacement of the American Legion Post and community center and continuation of the community pool.

The pool, which is owned and operated by the Metamora Park District, is an important asset to the community, Maurer said. He also said the village and other private or public entities could bring about a sustainable solution.

“The issue in the short term is trying to keep the current pool open,” Maurer said. “Maybe a long-term fix will be getting another that might be indoor.”

Maurer expressed his intention to work with the Metamora Park Board and perhaps neighboring communities such as Germantown Hills to ensure the community would have a pool into the future.

An old community center, which also housed the local American Legion chapter, was demolished earlier this year after falling into disrepair. The site just off Village Square, Maurer said, is ideal for an expanded community center that could include public restrooms for downtown events. Funding for that project, which has not been discussed in detail, could be a combination of village reserves, loans and fundraising.

Other business discussed by the board included:

• Maurer will be available for chats in an informal meeting he’s calling “Talk With the Mayor.” Meetings will be from 8 to 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Historic Grounds, 101 W. Partridge St. The next talk is scheduled for Sept. 15.

• The board unanimously approved a $32,000 community development loan to Precision Technology Group LLC. The home and cellular technology company that opened last month on Village Square was the first in several years to make a request for the revolving loan fund.