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DeKalb Park District to sell property to resident in 'rare' move

Real estate transfer is rare move for park district

Commissioner and Board President Phil Young leads the board meeting at the Ellwood Museum's Visitor's Center on Thursday.
Commissioner and Board President Phil Young leads the board meeting at the Ellwood Museum's Visitor's Center on Thursday.

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District will sell land to a DeKalb resident after deeming it not useful for park purposes.

In a rare move for the district, the board Thursday approved a sale of part of the land it owns at 1251 S. Malta Road in DeKalb to Rachelle Barclay, of the 700 block of Plum Street. Board President Phil Young remarked that in his 10 years on the board, it was the first time an item such as a real estate transfer has come up for a vote, a statement that was echoed by district Executive Director Amy Doll.

“It’s very rare for a park district to sell land and to have a homeowner that is willing to take on all of the legal costs,” Doll said. “Surveying, legal fees, court fees and closing costs can be daunting.”

According to agenda documents, the 1,320-square-foot property was valued at $330, a price that was agreed upon by Barclay, who was not at the meeting.

A DeKalb County judge will need to approve the transfer, Doll said, before the sale can be finalized.

Doll said the owner plans to put a fence on the property.

The board also approved the purchase of a Dell PowerEdge R330 server for $12,360, from local vendor Sundog IT, 230 E. Lincoln Highway.

Scott deOliveira, superintendent of marketing and golf operations, said the district initially had budgeted $25,000 for a server, but costs have been lowered since the district switched to a cloud-based email and recreation server.

“Our net server is about 7 years old,” deOliveira said. “From a tech standpoint, it behooves us to replace that prior to it having a crash on us.”

According to the agenda packet, the district’s current server is no longer under warranty, and due for replacement. The purchase was approved unanimously.

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