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1/25/2013 1:43:00 PM
Egg hunt coming to Washington Park this spring
Robinson's Washington Park will now play host to its own Easter egg hunt.

The Robinson Parks and Recreation Department plans to bring the event to the park through a combination of grant money, individual donations and company sponsorship. Mike Shimer, superintendent of parks and recreation, said the event will be on March 30. Easter is on March 31.

The event will be "as big as we can make it," he said Friday.

The Robinson City Council Tuesday night voted to request a tourism grant for $1,500 to defray the costs.

This will be the first egg hunt at Washington Park since the construction of Deer Run Golf Course, he said. Churches and other groups use the city park for hunts of varying sizes. Some of those, such as the ones held by the Chamber of Commerce and Highland Church of Christ, have been discontinued or moved over the past five years.

HCC's last Easter event was at the Robinson Community Center.

Washington Park will also receive four security cameras for various locations. The network can be expanded to 16 cameras if needed, Shimer said, and the recordings will likely be kept for seven days before being destroyed. The installation will cost $10,691, paid for by a Mary Heath grant.

A security increase is also scheduled at the Depot fitness center on South Cross. The council voted to buy a DV-R system at the facility to allow the system to function, said Alderman Lon Smith. It will cost $1,060 from Flat Rock Phone Company.

In other council business:

• Will send two employees to a three-day Illinois Water Environmental Association conference in Springfield at a costs of $1,072.

• Approved grants to three different groups: Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation, $1,000; and Crawford County reserve police, $1,500; Crawford County Humane Society, $1,000.

• Sold the property at 407 W. Pine St. to the only bidder. David Llewellyn bid $1,900, which is above the $1,300 appraised value and below the $2,800 in demolition costs.

• Agreed to pay $1,541 for fire alarm tests to Simplex Grinnell for Feb. 1 to Jan. 1, 2014.

The next board meeting is 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the council chambers at the community Center.

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