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City panel OK's funding for landfill purchase

Wausau city hall
Wausau city hall

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau's finance committee agreed Tuesday to chip in $100,000 toward Marathon County's plan to redevelop the former Holtz Krause landfill into a soccer complex.

The committee recommended borrowing the money from a fund dedicated to landfill maintenance. The money would be repaid using room tax dollars generated by families who come to the area for soccer tournaments held at the site.

The City Council will vote on the funding as early as next week.

The funding setup is similar to a plan the city used last month to borrow $320,000 for road and infrastructure improvements for a new curling center.

Alderman Bill Nagle supported the move, saying the city would be foolish not to partner with the county. The county would spend about $127,000 to buy the property and work with a steering committee to develop 15 soccer fields.

“It's like New York not having Central Park and someone dropping Central Park in the middle of New York,” he said.