WBHP agreement approved

Chairperson speaks on behalf of Wilson Brewer Park

Gary Groves, Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee Chairperson, provided the Webster City City Council with an update on the Wilson Brewer Park project Monday night.

The Wilson Brewer Park Committee first began working on this project last September. The committee assembled specific groups to focus on improving and renovating the buildings and grounds at the park.

Since the fruition of the committee, the Mulberry Center Church has gotten a heating and cooling system installed.

According to Groves, the Boone Valley Housing Committee has committed to the commission the funds to ensure the Harmony School is updated. The school house is estimated to be a $17,000 to $20,000 project.

The cabins are the committee’s main focus at the moment.

“We would like to see the contract approved with Schlotfeldt Engineering for services and contracts for bids on the cabin foundations themselves,” said Groves.

The council approved entering into an agreement with Schlotfeldt Engineering Inc. for engineering services in connection with the Wilson Brewer Park Cabins project. The cost to hire Schlotfeldt Engineering will be $5,900. The money for this project will be paid out of the Wilson Brewer Fund Account that is held with the city. These funds are mainly from previous donations to the project.

Over the past year, the Wilson Brewer Park Historical Committee has been working on a plan to restore and preserve the buildings at the park. The first phase of this project would entail moving the log cabins to the east of their current location to avoid future water and rain damage.

The entire project is estimated to cost $120,000. This would include grading of the new proposed cabins’ site east of their current location, the construction of new foundations, flooring, hiring a building moving contractor, log replacement, log re-chinking, and new roofs on both cabins.