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As the village of Minooka awaits a spring construction start for Aux Sable Spring Park, officials this week say they are still hammering out details over baseball field naming rights.

During its meeting on Tuesday, the Minooka Village Board of Trustees was briefed on the development.

The village finds it needs to allocate more funds for the baseball fields at Aux Sable Spring Park.

Trustee Terry Houchens told WCSJ News after the meeting that the village is still working through the logistics of selling the naming rights to the baseball field.

In a related development, the village board authorized a change order request in the amount of $289,976.11 for the development of Aux Sable Spring Park.

Houchens said the added amount is for two additional baseball fields within the village’s complex, which will bring the total to three with all the amenities around it.

The park, once complete, will also feature trails, a boat launch for canoes and an outcropping for fishing.

The development of the baseball fields has a Dec. 30 tentative end date, according to village board documents.

Also at the meeting, the village passed a resolution requesting that Gov. J.B. Pritzker amend the Restore Illinois Map to place all territory located within the corporate boundaries of the village of Minooka, Will, Grundy and Kendall counties in the North-Central Illinois Health Region.

The map currently allows the village to follow the same reopening schedule as the city of Chicago and Cook County as part of the Northeastern Illinois Health Region.

Officials previously discussed the intent to prepare a resolution to highlight the village’s concerns last week.

Village Administrator Dan Duffy had this to say of the village’s position.

In other developments, trustees adopted a collective bargaining agreement between the village and employees of the public works division of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.

The contract features several new components, including clarified “fair share” language, a drug testing policy for CDL workers and added snowbird language for emergencies.

Trustee Barry Thompson and Village President Patrick Brennan commended the work of village staff for making the new agreement with the union possible.

Duffy echoed those sentiments.

The agreement will remain in effect through 2023.