City council approves contribution to landfill purchase, Collaborative Consulting agreement
WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Wausau city leaders moved forward on two major plans Tuesday night. One involves hundreds of new jobs, the other the development of a new soccer complex.
City council members voted 10 to 1 to approve a $100,000 dollar contribution to purchase the former Holtz-Krause landfill site. Marathon County will now move forward with plans to purchase the 55 acres of land and develop it into soccer fields.
One council member did voice concern about pollution issues on the land fill. Lisa Rasmussen wanted to amend the resolution to require certification to protect the county and city before the money is taken, but that amendment failed a vote. Other council members said they trust the county to work with the DNR to develop the property, and believe they won't move forward unless certification is achieved.
"I don't doubt that a soccer complex is an appropriate use for the site, I think it's a very appropriate use for the site. It's also in a location that needs some attention and it would co-exist very well with the new curling facility that's being put in and the infrastructure that we're building to get there," said Rasmussen of the value of the plan. She also said she wants to be sure the site won't lead to future pollution liability for tax payers in the county.
Marathon County is now in charge of purchasing and developing the property.
Also at Tuesday night's meeting, city leaders voted unanimously to approve a development agreement with Collaborative Consulting LLC. Through the agreement, the company will receive millions of dollars in grants, loans and incentives to move to Wausau. However, the agreement also requires the Massachusetts-based company to bring at least 200 full-time jobs to the area over the next few years and work out of Dudley Tower.
"It took a whole community to make this happen and we're excited that they're here and we're going to work with them to make them successful," said Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple.
He also said the company is already making good on its end of the deal by hiring employees and beginning to train them. The company is currently working in temporary office space inside Dudley Tower before moving to permanent offices on the seventh floor.
The company's new employees will also benefit from the agreement. They will get money to put toward buying homes in Wausau. Council members said that will increase the area's population and tax revenue.