Parks forum is Thursday

Do you have a strong opinion on whether the Vandalia Park District should allow the presence of alcohol at softball games and special events in the city's parks? If so, next Thursday is the time to voice those opinions.
The park district is holding a public hearing on the issue at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Little Theater at Vandalia Elementary School.
The park district commissioners decided to hold the hearing in order to get local residents' thoughts after receiving a request to allow alcohol at softball tournaments. That is the latest in a number of such requests, and commissioners want some input on the alcohol issue.
We're sure that at the hearing, some guidelines will be established, and we hope residents follow those guidelines, and the issue can be addressed in a civil manner.
Park commissioners have kicked around the idea of allowing alcohol for some time, and the hearing is an opportunity for residents to present some thoughts that may have not come up in their discussions.
We encourage the public to participate in the hearing, and we also encourage them to present their opinions in a calm and decent manner.
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