As it turns out, the city of Ripon will begin working toward a new pavilion in Murray Park in the center of the ball diamonds.

   But will it be the Grace & Lloyd Pavilion? That’s still in flux.

   At Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, aldermen voted to begin design work toward a new pavilion, without locking in where the funds for that project would come from.

   As City Attorney Lud Wurtz put it, this was a compromise between those who wish for the city to fund a new pavilion now, and those who wish the city to go slowly and see whether it can leverage those dollars to gain additional matching funds.

   Specifically, the council voted 6-2 to begin design work on a new pavilion, with a target cost of $460,000 for construction. Voting in favor were Alds. Al Schraeder, Rollie Peabody, Jim Werch, Joel Brockman, Howard Hansen and Doug Iverson, while Alds. John Splitt and Aaron Becker voted against.

   Reaching this compromise, however, came only after the council heard a lengthy presentation, debated the merits of the options presented and voted to “acknowledge and appreciate” the wishes of family members who have voiced a preference for estate dollars to go elsewhere besides the pavilion.

Read the full story in the Oct. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.