Carver Community Center on track for re-opening despite recent resignations

By Alyssa Donovan

May 19, 2013 Updated May 19, 2013 at 10:57 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Communication issues were at the heart of Ken Hinton's abrupt resignation from the Carver Community Center.

After the resignation of interim director Ken Hinton, the fate of the Carver Community Center has been in question.

Carver Community Center Board President Norman Lippett said, "There were some underlying issues that led to his voluntary resignation."

Lippett says Hinton and his team contributed so much to the center over the past year that if these issues could be resolved Hinton would be welcomed back.

Lippett said, "We are in the process of working with his core team to see if we can resolve those issues. We recognize the work they have done for the community in the past and we would more than welcome them to continue in that aspect."

But board members say with or without reconciliation...they are moving forward.

Executive Committee board member Michael Weems said, "No one organization is dependent on one person. There have been several people on the board of directors that have been working for the past 3 years so that we can bring Carver back in a good way and make sure that we have accountability and integrity and governance and oversight over the process and the business of the organization."

The Carver Center renovations are 30% complete and it is on track for its mid-July grand re-opening.

In 2011 it was forced to shut down because of financial problems.

And with the center's revival in the community so close, board members say now is the time to put differences aside.

Board member Bertha Henderson said, “It's sad that we are now not coming together trying to make it work. We've got to come together in the center and get it done. And we're going to go forward because we know we are doing the good work. The children and the seniors and some of the adults are going to get the benefit of what's going on at the Carver Center."

Lippett said, “At the end of the day both sides want this community center to re-open. But more importantly to serve the families and the kids in this neighborhood as well as throughout Peoria."

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