City, county leaders discuss purchasing former landfill
WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Leaders from the city of Wausau and Marathon County met Monday night to discuss purchasing the former Holtz-Krause landfill on Wausau's East side. The plan is to turn the property into a soccer complex.
Officials agreed to move forward with negotiations to purchase the 55 acres of land and gave permission to a city employee to use some of her time to work on the deal.
The Parks and Recreation Committee along with Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple and Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger also discussed how much money the city should put toward purchasing the land. City officials would not elaborate on that figure because it was determined in a closed session.
According to city leaders, the county would then make up the rest of the purchasing cost.
Wausau's mayor said developing the site into soccer fields will help boost business and tourism in central Wisconsin. "We want Wausau to be a destination in the future and this is one more step to make that happen," said Tipple.
Although both Wausau and Marathon County will purchase the land, Tipple said the county would eventually own and operate the park there.
Nothing is set in stone, however. The city's finance committee plans to take up the issue tomorrow and the entire city council will need to approve it after that.