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.
Lee County is showing support for Keokuk Area Hospital as the Board of Supervisors has pledged $100,000 to the financially-strapped hospital.
There is one condition with the contribution. It must be matched or even exceeded by the Keokuk City Council.
Keokuk Area Hospital CEO Wally Winkler says the city and county are being asked for support the hospital in the hopes of receiving additional state funding. He says there is money available to help hospitals, like Keokuk, that receive inadequate reimbursements for services.