Belgium seeks help with shelter costs


PUBLIC WORKS CREW members knocked down the old shelter in Community Park in September to make way for a new one. Press file photo

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

The Village of Belgium is asking for donations to help offset the cost to replace the Community Park shelter.

The project was budgeted at $400,000 but the cost has risen to $550,000.

As a result, the Village Board this month approved a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Committee to set a goal of $200,000 in sponsorships from businesses and civic organizations.

Funding levels were set at platinum ($50,000 and more), gold ($20,000 to $49,999), silver ($5,001 to $19,999) and bronze ($5,000).

The original proposal had bronze sponsorships covering any amount to a maximum of  $5,000, but Trustee Rose Sauers suggested changing it to avoid $5 donations receiving bronze status.

The board also approved sending letters to businesses and civic organizations seeking sponsorships.

The village is replacing the shelter because the old one had foundation issues. It was taken down in September after an attempt to sell the structure — the wood was still usable — failed.

The village waited until fall to demolish the old shelter so it could be used for Luxembourg Fest. The shelter hosts many community events throughout the year.

The new shelter will include a 900-square-foot larger concession stand connected to the pavilion — similiar to the one at Heritage Park — a 625-square-foot restroom facility and repairs to the gazebo to bring it in line with Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

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