Park Ridge Park District offers to give up disputed senior center money
Updated: July 8, 2012 8:20AM
The Park Ridge Park District’s Board of Commissioners on May 31 indicated its willingness to settle a lawsuit concerning a contested financial contribution to city’s senior center.
The lawsuit, filed in January by former Senior Center manager Teresa Grodsky, concerns the trust of the late Betty Kemnitz, longtime member of the Park Ridge Senior Center.
Grodsky’s suit asked a Cook County Circuit Court judge to determine if money from Kemnitz’s estate should go to Senior Services, Inc., a fundraising arm of the Senior Center, or the Park District. Grodsky was named trustee of the Kemnitz trust.
During a special May 31 meeting the Park Board voted unanimously “to inform those involved in the lawsuit that the Park District is willing to settle the lawsuit by relinquishing any claim to the bequest,” according to a statement released by the Park District.
The trust is believed to consist of about $330,000. It was reportedly left to the “Park Ridge Senior Center,” which has led to debate as to who should control the funding.
— By Jennifer Johnson