The Tower Meeting with Senator Lassee and representatives from the DNR was packed! I handed the 1612 signature petition to the DNR Rep………..it was 2 inches thick! THANK-YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! If we hadn’t stepped up to the plate, the Eagle Tower would have been bulldozed on Nov 17th. I have posted the handouts from the meeting below. Notice the dates; the DNR waited until the last minute to do their tests. The previous long range/master plan was initiated in 1996. Eagle Tower was not mentioned -that’s probably why maintenance was ignored.
Trying to get the Tower registered as a historical structure was also discussed and will be looked into. Senator Lasee is also proposing a bill to acquire funding ($300,000) for the tower through the state stewardship fund. This amount would only cover a small portion of amount that would be needed ($1.7 – $2.5 million) for new construction. Reconstruction would cost between $540,000-$650,000 depending on many components. (see attachments). Either way, it is quite obvious that public funding will be necessary.
Next Thursday we will have a committee meeting to discuss setting everything up for a capital campaign. If you would like to join the committee, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. At this point Senator Lassee thinks pledges would be appropriate. If the DNR decided to bulldoze the tower, how would we return donations?