Fundraising continues for millpond project

July 11, 2019

By John Raffel

MARION — Marion Village Council trustee Roger Pritchard has been involved with the millpond project and is working on getting things going.
Pete’s Contracting is working with the village on the project.

“We’re planning on starting right after Old Fashioned Days weekend which would be Aug. 5 and we’ll be completed by Sept. 30,” Pritchard said. “This is the timeline we have in case we run into something.

“We’re putting in a larger overflow south of the Marion Dam. We’re looking to make that a little bigger and deeper so we can be prepared for the so-called 200-year flood they say is coming. The DEQ demanded we have the capacity for 2,700 cubic feet of water per second. We met with them and came to the agreement this would help alleviate the problem. We’ve got the permit from the DEQ to do the work .”

Marion Mill Pond fundraiser continues with just over $100,000 to fund the project.

The village has a lot of private donations and a huge contribution from the Osceola County Community Foundation and a $5,000 grant from Great Lakes Energy.

“We’re in the process of applying for a grant from the Ice Mountain people. We’ve got some fund-raising events coming up,” Pritchard said. “Old Fashioned weekend we’re raffling off two kayaks that were donated to us by the Physical Dynamics people in town. We’re also going to have a golf challenge at the Millpond.

“We’re over $100,000 right now. But the total project cost came in higher than anticipated. We’re looking at $180,000 total for the project. Phase 2 of the project would be to clean up the pond and make it deeper. It would hopefully give us recreation here in town and also for people in the surrounding area.”

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