Kendra Vanderty, who serves on the Sturgeon Bay School District's playground committee and is trying to raise money for playground improvements at Sunrise and Sawyer schools, appeared before the city's Finance, Purchasing and Buildings Committee on Tuesday. do. Photo: Kevin Boneske.
The City of Sturgeon Bay's Finance, Purchasing and Buildings Committee recommended Tuesday that $50,000 from the city's Tax Increment District (TID) #10 be used to support playground improvements at Sawyer School.
TID #10 includes approximately 36 acres on the city's west side, and Sawyer School is located within a half-mile radius of the TID's boundaries, and funds raised from the district are used for road and park improvements, etc. It can be used for infrastructure development.
The project plan for TID #10, compiled by R.W. Baird, the city's financial consultant, included $100,000 in park improvements.
The Sturgeon Bay School District is currently raising funds to improve the playgrounds at both Sunrise School and Sawyer School.
Kendra Vanderty, who serves on the district's playground committee and is trying to raise $1.25 million for playground improvements at both schools, who appeared before the finance committee, said $433,000 has been raised so far. .
“I'm about a third of the way to my destination, but… [asking for the city’s] These are school playgrounds as well as urban playgrounds, so please support them,” she said. “The school district also has funding set aside for that. We have a lot of individual donors and corporations. [and] Subsidy. ”
TID #10 funds can cover playground improvements at Sawyer School, but not Sunrise School, which is located 0.5 miles outside the TID boundary. But Vanderty suggested the city also help fund Sunrise's playground, perhaps by applying for grants.
“That playground is the only playground in Sunrise.” [Aldermanic] District 2,” she said.
City Administrator Josh Van Lieshout said Sawyer School's existing equipment is “worn and outdated” and “restricts or prohibits the participation of students with mobility impairments.” .
“The purpose is [fundraising] The effort is to modernize and improve play structures, replace worn equipment and improve accessibility for users with mobility challenges, he said.
Van Lieshout said Sawyer School is an important asset to the community and the existing sidewalk infrastructure will be expanded in the future to provide sidewalk access from South Lansing Avenue to Willow Drive. said.