Less than 24 hours after the Ripon Common Council agreed to move ahead with designing a new pavilion at the Murray Park ball diamonds, Ripon’s public works committee already was taking its first steps forward with doing so.

   Baby steps, at least.

   The committee started discussions toward formal designs for a proposed pavilion. The only sticking point? Whether the cost once proposed for the pavilion was too high.

   The pavilion first entered the public’s consciousness after three men, Tom Moniz, Greg Dragolovich and Bill Stollfuss, offered it as a proposed use of a nearly half-million-dollar gift by the estate of Lloyd and Grace Mitchell.

   It briefly was then approved by the Common Council to be built with that estate gift before a mayoral veto nixed that plan.

   But that didn’t eliminate the council’s desire to see an older pavilion at Murray Park replaced.

   As such, the Common Council agreed last week Tuesday night to begin design work toward a new pavilion, without agreeing yet to build it or decide how to fund it.

   Tasked with the design process was the city’s new public works committee, which met for just the second time last week Wednesday night.

Read the full story in the Oct. 17, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.