Pavilion ramp (copy)

A pavilion in Horicon's Discher Park is not up to accessibility specifications. There is a ramp to enter the building, but it requires people to travel over grass to reach it.

HORICON — The Discher Park pavilion restoration project is moving ahead to a vote in the Common Council, which could determine the fate of the 100-year-old structure.

“Once we finish this building, it’s going to last for a very long time,” Horicon Phoenix Program secretary Lahnie Neu said.

Tuesday night, the Committee of the Whole recommended unanimously forwarding the project to the next Common Council meeting.

Horicon Phoenix Program group is a nonprofit civic group that organizes events in the community and promotes the city.

The group has raised $39,600 toward restoring the small pavilion — formally known as the Teen Center. The proposed project is being broken down into two phases. Phase 1 is tackling the priorities such as repairing the foundation and the roof and installing Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramps. Phase 1 is expected to cost $46,000. If the Common Council approves the restoration, the group will have until spring to begin phase 1 work.

Phase 2 will involve cosmetic enhancements such as upgrades to windows and new paint.

With these upgrades, Neu expects the pavilion will stand for another 20 to 30 years.

The pavilion is still rented out for private parties and it’s a hub for events like Jersey Street Music Festival and Autumn Art On the Marsh.

The Phoenix Program group is working with two contractors and an engineer on the project, but no formal contract has been established.

Neu said that the Horicon Rotary Club is willing to offer a matching grant from $5,000 to $20,000, but only if the Common Council approves the project.

“We will continue fundraising and continue to look at grants,” she said.

If approved by the council, the group would have two deadlines in place. One is for the phase 1 to complete in August 2018 and the other is to have a plan in place for phase 2 by February 2018.

For the near future, Neu said that the city isn’t planning on contributing money.

Mayor Steve Neitzel said it’s possible the city could help the group out in the future. He said before the effort to save the pavilion began that he didn’t want to commit $100,000 of taxpayers’ money into one pavilion. No city dollars are being used at this moment.

“I’m OK with them in investing the money into the building,” he said.

The Phoenix group will continue to raise money for the project.

The Common Council will meet Oct. 24.

Ben Rueter covers Beaver Dam, Horicon and Juneau city governments for the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.