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Marshfield Public Works Approves Capital Improvement Program
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 -- 8:01 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director


(WDLB) -Marshfield aldermen will be asked next week to sign off on the city's latest version of its five-year planning document.

The city's Board of Public Works last night gave its approval of the Capital Improvement Program that covers 2019 through 2023. City Administrator Steve Barg said the plan totals just over 33-million dollars, and nearly half that is earmarked for street work. Street work makes up 44-percent of the C-I-P. The next-biggest chunk of funding belongs to parks, at nearly 25-percent--or eight-point-two million dollars. The 2020 portion of the C-I-P does include funding for a replacement for Hefko Pool. That includes two-point-eight million dollars in borrowing and three-point-four million in private donations. Parks-and-Recreation Director Justin Casperson said no formal fundraising process has yet been started. Casperson said he's also still in talks with officials at Marshfield Utilities about where a new pool or aquatic center would be located, on what is now essentially property owned by the utility.

The Marshfield Common Council voted last summer in favor of a recommendation from its pool study committee to put any new aquatic facility where Hefko Pool has been for 80 years, right across the street from Wildwood Park and Zoo on the city's south side. The recommendation conflicts with the building wishes of Marshfield Utilities, which wants to expand its operations and put up new facilities on its property at 2000 South Central Avenue. Both Marshfield Utilities and Pool Study Committee members have said they want to co-exist on the same site, which technically is owned by the utility. Before the Council gets a look at the C-I-P, it goes before the Plan Commission tonight.

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