BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A plan to raise $100,000 in 100 days has about two weeks left and has surpassed the $20,000 mark.
The Fort Madison Rotary Club started the campaign in March with the hopes of raising $100,000 to refurbish the band shell in Central Park, do some repairs to the Statue of Liberty replica, and beef up the park’s maintenance fund.
The Rotary club oversees the park’s maintenance and upkeep program outside of lawn mowing and was hoping to upgrade the city’s lights and park benches as well.
The city, conducting some routine inspections on the band shell, identified termite damage in the foundation timbers of the structure. City Public Works Director Larry Driscoll said drilling the timbers out and reinforcing them with the metal inserts would be a cheaper solution than replacing the the foundation.
Current funding needs for the park include $6,000 to $8,000 for repainting the structure, $30,000 for new lights in the park, and at least $12,000 to refurbish the Statue of Liberty replica, as well as other upkeep. With Rotary celebrating its 100th birthday in 2020, the committee decided to try to raise $100,000 for all the repairs and put some money into the maintenance fund for further park improvements in years to come.
The Picnic in the Park scheduled for June 23 will be the final wrap up of the the 100-day campaign.