In the minutes leading up to Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, people continued to fill the council chambers at City Hall, with most interested in the Lloyd Mitchell estate gift.
In the minutes leading up to Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, people continued to fill the council chambers at City Hall, with most interested in the Lloyd Mitchell estate gift.

   For the Ripon Common Council, it seemed to come down to two factors.

   Can a proposed cultural center — now merged with a proposed senior center — actually be created for the nearly half-million dollars available from the estate of Grace and Lloyd Mitchell?

   And should a proposal not fully vetted by the park and recreation committee, because the proposal wasn’t submitted by the committee’s deadline, be considered for the funds?

   Those factors appeared to weigh heavily as the council voted 5-3 in favor of giving the Mitchell money toward a new pavilion at Murray Park that would serve the ball diamonds there.

   The pavilion concept — a known quantity — garnered little discussion among council members. The council has heard more than once the ins and outs of how the proposed concession, kitchen and multi-purpose building would serve youth and families playing games at Murray Park.

   As such, the focus of discussion at Tuesday’s meeting was on whether a cultural center could, or even should, be built with the scope of the Mitchell family’s gift to the city.

   The center, as proposed, would display historic relics from the Ripon area while also hosting cultural activities and more. It also would incorporate some high-technology displays.

Read the full story in the Sept. 12, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.