10/11/17 – Horicon officials approved initial restoration efforts to save the nearly century-old pavilion at Discher Park last night. The Committee of the Whole heard from the Horicon Phoenix Program, a non-profit group who brought forth bids from contractors targeting several main issues with the structure. Ultimately, the committee selected a bid from DB Reese Builders which would focus on fixing the foundation, roofing, and installing accessibility ramps. Executive Director of the Horicon Phoenix Program Dan Buchner says it has been a tough battle but is pleased with the support he has received so far. The project cost for phase one is estimated at $46-thousand dollars, none of it will be paid for by city funds. The group has raised over $39-thousand dollars so far towards rehabilitating the pavilion. The Horicon Phoenix Program secretary Lahnie Neu says they still need the communities help to raise money. She says they will be looking at applying for grants in the future. The committee set an August 1 deadline for completion of phase one and for the group to present phase two plans no later than February 1 of next year. The topic will be up for a final vote during next month’s council meeting.
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