With grave concerns that a proposed pavilion at Murray Park’s ball diamonds will be far too expensive, the Public Works Committee has begun to consider alternatives.

   But it won’t be the entity to make a decision on what to do next.

   That charge will fall on the Common Council after the committee realized last week Thursday it had reached a dilemma.

   Originally, the pavilion proposed last year as part of the Mitchell estate gift discussion was expected to fit within the $484,000 of the gift.

   This winter, when researched by the public works department, that price tag has ballooned to about $700,000 to build the hybrid restroom-concession stand with space for scorers, as well as a large overhang and new concrete.

   Committee members agreed the concept is not workable at that price.

   “This is not going to fit into the whole scheme of things,” Ald. Al Schraeder said, “and perhaps should be a part of a much bigger project.”

Read the full story, including a couple alternatives proposed at the meeting, in the Feb. 13, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.