Decision pending on new Gillett facilities

Quotes sought for Zippel Park restroom/shower project

The Gillett City Council is still working out details of a long-hoped-for restroom and shower facility at Zippel Park.

Informally known as the Trailhead Project because of the nearby trailhead to Nicolet State Trail, the proposal was originally envisioned for a site along Railroad Street across from the old Gillett Meat Market.

City officials are also eyeing a site along McKenzie Avenue across the road from Pat’s Market, where the old volleyball court was located.

A Facebook poll posted on the city of Gillett page at the request of Alderperson Sandra Hubbard, who chairs the Parks and Cemetery Committee, yielded about three dozen responses that appeared to be evenly divided.

Supporters of the original site mentioned its proximity to the Oconto County Fair buildings and the Nicolet Trail Campground on Richmond Street. Mayor James Beaton posted that the McKenzie Avenue site was under review partly because the Railroad Street site currently is covered by crushed asphalt, which would have to be removed.

The state has granted the city $133,000 for the project, and the city would have to pick up any additional costs, which is why officials have been looking at the McKenzie Avenue alternative, Beaton said.

“In the first place, a major portion of that site work is eliminated. There is already lighting. There is already parking. There is already handicapped access,” he wrote. “It was also considered for its visibility. This new building would be much easier to patrol on McKenzie than it would be on Railroad Street.”

The project was on the agenda when the City Council met Thursday, but the matter was tabled while at least two up-to-date quotes for the work are obtained.