Lee County has started collecting money to cover its share of a potential state grant for a proposed sports complex in Fort Madison.
That is possible because the Board of Supervisors has approved the creation of a Community Development Fund.
The first donations came in shortly after the official vote. Supervisors Rick Larkin ($1,000) and Larry Kruse ($500) pulled out their wallets and wrote their checks to back up their verbal pledges from last week.
Fort Madison’s proposed sports complex has received another piece of bad news from the state.
Supporters traveled to Mason City to make a second pitch to the Vision Iowa Board for funding. The task force promoting the sports complex is seeking up to $1-million to add to the $2.5-million dollars generated through public and private donations.
Unfortunately for the task force, the request for state funding was denied by an oversight committee for the Vision Iowa Board.
The ball is in Lee County’s court when it comes to the future of a proposed sports complex in western Fort Madison.
The $3.4-million project calls for the construction of three soccer/football fields and three baseball/softball diamonds near Fort Madison Community Hospital. Some of the land is being donated for the complex while the rest is being leased.
Public and private donations have crossed the $2.4-million mark. That includes $500,000 over the next two years from the city of Fort Madison.