The Fredonia Town Council was met with exciting news to start their special meeting. The town was chosen to receive a $15,000 grant from KaBOOM! and its partners, Dr. Pepper and Snapple, for new playground equipment at the park. The recent video submission, created by the town office featuring several of the town’s children and mayor, launched the application process for the grant. 

As a condition of the grant, the town must raise an additional $9,000 for the equipment, as well as funding for the ground surface beneath the set. The town staff and council feel this is feasible and expressed their enthusiasm about the grant and the improvements to be made to the park. The council voted unanimously to move forward, signing the contract for the grant, forming a committee and starting the fundraising process.

The BLM coordination status regarding the mining withdrawal was discussed next. Fredonia Town Manager Dan Watson explained that the group originally working with Fred Kelly Grant, regarding the opposition of the mining withdrawal, had each contributed funds for legal representation, which had now run out. Each of the members, including Fredonia, will need to come up with additional funds to continue the process. The other members generously allowed Fredonia’s contribution to be only $3,000 because of its small size. The council unanimously agreed to the $3,000 to continue the fight.

Town employee Kelly Hilding informed the council it had recently been discovered that two of the compound high water meters in town were not functioning properly, causing a substantial amount of water to not be billed. In order to correct this issue, new 6” high flow and 4” high flow compound meters must be purchased. Judging by other activity, the meters should easily pay for themselves within two months of purchase. The council agreed to the purchases.