Russells Point Council discusses Splash Pad, Cobblestone Hotel


The Russells Point Village Council met in regular session Monday evening. After a brief executive session, individual reports were given.

Russells Point Police Chief Joe Freyhof said that the police department has received an increased number of complaints about children climbing on the basketball rim at the new Russells Point Municipal Park playground. Freyhof said that a resolution for this would be to set it at 10 feet. A camera system may be installed.

The Trunk or Treat is on Thursday, October 26 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames explains this year’s Trunk or Treat:

In the Parks and Recreation report, the council is excited to look into a Splash Pad at the Russells Point Municipal Park. It will be ADA compliant, safe, fun, and geared for younger children. There is space at the park to put in a 1,100 square foot Splash Pad.

The first community meeting for it was held recently. Two businesses have approached Joan Hinterschied, Director of the Park Board and Russells Point Council Member, to do a fundraiser with their employees to help fund the Splash Pad. A local organization may help fund it with donations, and grants will also be applied for. Another community meeting will be held in October.

There are two methods for the water use of the Splash Pad. The first is a recycling method. The other is new in, old out, which has lower maintance costs. The water will be timed as there will be a time set for it to come on in the morning and shut off for the day. There are also sensors in the Splash Pad called eyelets. So, as the child walks by the eyelets, the water comes on the way the child goes through the Splash Pad.

Hinterschied says how the new Splash Pad for the village will be beneficial for children:

A resolution 23-1013 for tentatively awarding a stormwater bid was passed.

For the new Cobblestone Hotel, the potential cost for storm and water was discussed to provide safe water service. The Cobblestone Hotel is the largest economic development project Russells Point has had since the amusement park. The council believes the amount of money the hotel will bring in will far exceed what the village will spend. A more thorough discussion about the spending of water and updating the water lines with leaders will be held at the next meeting.

The next Russells Point Village Council meeting will be held on Monday, October 2 at 7 p.m.