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GLENWOOD CITY—The common council learned Monday night that the city has been awarded a million dollar Community Development Block Grant for public facilities (CDBG) to construct a new municipal building. The proposed building will be located on the lot presently occupied by the Community Center. The Center will be demolished to make room for the new structure. The estimated cost of the new structure is $1,646,950.
Lynn McIntyre of Cedar Corporation out of Menomonie informed the council about the grant being awarded to the city. She noted to the council that the city had 45 days to complete the paper work and that construction on the new building must start before July 1st of next year.
Glenwood City is one of 42 public infrastructure and facility projects across Wisconsin that will benefit from the $36 million in funding.
The new building will house not only a community center, but city hall, library and a police station.
Other area communities that were award grants under this program include the Village of Deer Park with $573,678. The Village of Elmwood received a grant of one million. The city of Menomonie will receive $760,700 from this grant.
The council accepted the grant funding at their meeting of September 21st and also hired Cedar Corporation to administrate the grant.
Police Department Receives Funding For New Equipment
The City Council approved several items for the local police department that will allow them to purchase some new equipment. Included are to purchase two new cameras, one each for the two patrol cars, plus four body cameras at a cost of $42,760. Mayor John Larson noted that those cameras come with a five-year support agreement.
The council also approved spending $1,700 for a new radar unit for the new squad that is to arrive next month. They also approved adding 120 hours of part time police coverage to the 2020 budget and promoted officer Adam Malean to sergeant.
In other action Mayor Larson wanted to hold a “Brain-Storming Session” with the planning commission about the Community Center and old school building. He set Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 at the Community Center.
In her report to the council, Katie Schneider, local library director noted that they had a full group for their painting class that was held at the Apple Orchard. She also gave council members information about the pumpkin contest. She stated that the Knox family was donating pumpkins for the contest and there are five categories each with a ten-dollar prize. Pumpkins can be picked up free at the library, decorated at home and dropped off at the library for judging.
The council set in motion paper work to abandon part of Elm Street just east of Fourth Street. They also granted operators licenses to Danielle L. Goodremote and Jennifer A. McMartin.