At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Village Board voted on to apply for a $50,000 grant from the Evjue Foundation, Inc. to help with the land purchase on the addition to Fireman's Park. The grant application is due by March 8, and foundation will award the grants by the end of the summer.
The Village will pay $333,600 for the land purchase, due in three annual payments. This is the second year of the three years. The Village has already received grants from the Stewardship Fund for $124,475 and the Madison Community Foundation for $25,000. The Village will need an additonal $184,125.00 to complete the purchase.
The Village Board has asked the Town Board to contribute to cost of the land purchase and park development since the facility will be used by both communities. The Herald-Indepdent reported in the Feb. 7 edition that the Town Board voted to authorize a special advisory referendum on April 2 to assess the community's interest in paying additional property taxes to support up to $1.5 million to the land purchase and park improvements.
The Village continues its discussions with the School Board about the possibility of placing a soccer facility at Fireman's Park. The School Board would pay for the soccer field and a practice field. This would give the Monona Grove school soccer program a premier facility.
The Village Park and Recreation Committee is reviewing fundraising possibilities for the park and its construction.