- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Documents show Illinois has a nearly $130,000 contract with a Chicago engineering firm to evaluate the closed, taxpayer-owned Eagle Creek Resort on Lake Shelbyville.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises (https://bit.ly/1F9slHf ) newspapers reports Globetrotters Engineering Corp. will take a look at what it could cost to make repairs and reopen the resort. That includes evaluating the condition of floors and the potential cost of upgrading electrical systems.

The company’s deal with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources lasts through September. Four other companies bid for the contract.

Officials closed the resort near Findlay in 2009 amid financial problems and the discovery of mold. In March 2014, a former leaseholder withdrew from a project to restore the resort.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chris Young said figuring out costs would guide future decisions about the resort. The public would probably be involved in the process, too, he said.

“Once we have the recommendations in hand, IDNR likely will hold public meetings to share the results and discuss options for moving forward,” Young said in an email.

State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, said he hopes work done by the engineering firm will help determine whether the state should continue to own Eagle Creek Resort. Department of Natural Resources Director Wayne Rosenthal visited the resort late last month.

“We finally have a director who cares enough to stop by,” said Rose, whose district includes the resort. “It’s definitely a shot in the arm for the community.”

The Eagle Creek Golf Course will be open this year and managed by a different vendor.

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