Duluth City Council Votes On Wade Stadium Priorities

By KBJR News 1

Duluth City Council Votes On Wade Stadium Priorities

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 9:18 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The collapse of the 72 year old Wade Stadium wall is not the only fix that needs to be made at the historic Duluth Landmark.

Roughly $10M is needed for construction and tonight the Duluth city council voted on the priorities of establishing engineering and renovation efforts.

In a three to six vote, the Duluth City Council voted against prioritizing Wade Stadium this year.

The majority of the board members agree that securing the design dollars is more important than breaking ground on the renovations this year.

Above all, the safety of those who visit the stadium was a primary topic of conversation.

Council members Garry Krause and Jim Stauber motioned to pass the resolution, wanting progress to be made sooner than later on the 42 hundred seat stadium.

Krause says with the legislative session underway, the importance of the wade stadium renovation should be moved up versus the importance of design dollars.

"Maybe if this was moved up in that place, and that effort was put into that instead of the item being lobbied down there, we could get this done this year," Garry Krause, a city council member, said.

Other council members recommended to resolve the issue quickly, but keeping in mind the options for funding needed to resolve the construction needs.

Chief Financial Officer David Montgomery offered ideas for the funding of the design which included the half percent tax through food and beverage tax dollars.

Approval would be at the state level.

Senator Roger Reinert is a strong proponent of the renovation and the food and beverage tax may be considered during this session after Ness's proposal of the tax last week.

Justin Reis, NNC.