WILLARD - A committee appointed by the city manager to look at the possibility of developing a soccer field in Willard has returned with suggestions.
Committee members are proposing a multi-use facility, primarily for soccer and youth football, that would have one main field and four practice/youth fields. The facility would have off-street parking, a building housing restrooms and small concession stand, a few bleachers and a small picnic area.
Committee members requested council designate city-owned property along Keefer Street, by the lagoon, for the facility. The funding for the $280,000 project would come from the following: State and federal grants, private foundation grants, in-kind services from the city workforce and contributions from local businesses, residents and service/fraternal organizations.
Council voted to pass two resolutions authorizing the city to apply for two grants for the project.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, council decided to table until next meeting a decision on whether to reapply for state funds to help pay for downtown revitalization.
Council members want to talk further with business owners and residents, city manager Brian Humphress said.
The city learned last month the state denied its application for $400,000. It would have helped the city to pay for refurbishments to exterior buildings, street signs, streetscape improvements and administrative help to promote downtown.
The project’s total cost would have been more than $1 million, with additional money coming from city and business matches.
The state funded six projects. Willard didn’t make the final cut, Humphress said. Most of the winning cities came up with $1 million or more in matching funds. Willard planned to do about $350,000 worth of infrastructure work in the downtown area, and planned to use part of that sum to match state funding.
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