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Vernon Hills postpones action on Y purchase

Updated: January 8, 2013 1:25AM

VERNON HILLS — Village trustees will wait until next week before voting on a contract to purchase the Central Lake YMCA property.

A decision on an intergovernmental agreement, which would allow the Park District to operate the facility and eventually buy the property, also was postponed, at Wednesday night’s Village Board meeting.

Village Manager Mike Allison said YMCA officials were scheduled to meet with its bankers to review terms of a potential sale. Trustees will wait and see what the bank mandates before making a decision on purchasing the building.

The Vernon Hills Park Board was set to meet last night to vote on the same intergovernmental agreement, but Park Board President David Doerhoefer said the item was withdrawn from the agenda.

Instead, both boards will conduct a joint meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 13, in the Vernon Hills Village Hall to make a decision on the YMCA purchase.

A tentative agreement was reached Oct. 29 and included several loopholes for the village to back out of the deal, if it so desired.

Lake Family YMCA announced Oct. 30 that Central Lake would remain open until as late as Dec. 31 while a contract gets written and approved.

The agreed-upon purchase price will be kept confidential until public action is taken.

Park commissioners and administrators held a town hall meeting at the YMCA on Nov. 6 to answer questions from the membership.

About a dozen people attended, mostly asking about rates and how the facility might be rearranged.

YMCA pre-K teacher Karen Klinger thanked park commissioners for saving her job and said the next task will be to rebuild enrollment after about 50 percent of her students joined other organizations.

Park District Director Jeff Fougerousse said he’s willing to reimburse parents who would like to return to the YMCA program, but who have already made down payments with competitors. Fougerousse said he could repay up to $100.

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