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Marseilles continues work on swapping land for boat launch

Park space could open in spring

MARSEILLES – The city of Marseilles continued forward momentum on swapping land with Nucor Tubular Products to allow for a boat launch.

During Wednesday’s City Council meeting, councilmen approved an ordinance on an exchange agreement to give 14 acres of city land on the north side of Broadway Street in exchange for a comparably sized piece of land on the south side of Broadway Street, north of the Illinois River.

Mayor Jim Hollenbeck said the city will search for grants for the boat launch in the summer, but in the meantime will research grants for playground equipment at the site as well as for planting trees and getting picnic tables, with a hope of opening the space in spring.

A concession stand also is being considered for the site, which could be leased out.

“I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from it,” Hollenbeck said about the site. “People think there’s a need for it not only for the sporting event, but it’ll be a big asset for the fire department, too, when they need to launch their boat for an emergency.”

Security fence planned for Nucor

The City Council also approved an ordinance allowing Nucor Tubular Products​ to put up a security fence as they look to increase security and rework the entrances and exits for semitractor-trailer traffic.

The fence would be parallel to Broadway Street and required city approval because it would be placed on the right of way.

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