Niles center to purchase new exercise equipment

NILES — The Niles Wellness Center will be getting new exercise and fitness equipment this spring as the city’s park board has given the approval to move forward to sell the current equipment on govdeals.com.

Park director Mark Pallante said he expects the new equipment to be installed by late April to replace the current equipment, some of which is 12 to 13 years old.

“A lot of the current treadmills and other equipment are getting old with breakage of belts,” he said.

Pallante said they are looking to get equipment from Matrix Fitness.

He said city officials will have to give approval before the equipment is purchased.

Pallante said the park board felt it would be best to sell the equipment as a lot instead of as individual pieces. If no buyer can be found to purchase the items together, then the board will attempt to sell it by the piece.

Pallante said the Wellness Center has no place to store the equipment, so the park board will look into selling any items that can’t be sold as scrap.

In other another matter, the park board has received 107 banners that were ordered through the Hometown Heroes program. The banners honor military personnel and will be placed on poles throughout the downtown for Memorial Day.

Pallante said proofs of the banners will be mailed to the sponsors and any changes will be returned this week.

The program kicked off earlier this year as a way to honor active and former military personnel with their name and picture on banners to be displayed during part of the year.

Also, the park board will discuss improvement projects at a meeting 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Pallante said he has spoken with the park’s insurance carrier about the need to fix some items, including railings for bleachers and updating faded and old park stop signs.

Officials said bleachers over three feet in height are now required to have foot backing and railings.

He said the parks have about 10 sets of bleachers, and, of those, seven need to be upgraded. He said they will have to be completed over time due to the cost.

The board said upgrades are needed at Hetz Park off Trumbull Drive, including drainage work and playground equipment replacement.

In other business at the February meeting, the board:

l Heard from Pallante the need to place a park levy renewal on the November general election ballot. City council would act on the levy placement;

l Were informed a Dr. Seuss book was placed at the storybook display at Stevens Park for the month of March. Pallante said the storywalk location that opened last fall is being registered by the state and Niles will be included on the state list of storybook locations;

l Were informed the water heater and cooling system at the wellness center need to be replaced. Low bid for the water heater replacement was over $6,200. Pallante said bids are expected soon for the cooling system.



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