Madison approves spending millions to move baseball stadium project forward

The vote was not unanimous by the Madison City Council.

Posted: May 14, 2018 9:38 PM

The Madison City Council approved spending just more than $4 million to move along the project for the new minor league baseball stadium at Town Madison, which is where the Bay Bears will play starting in the spring of 2020.

The vote was not unanimous.

Madison Councilman Teddy Powell, district 3, a councilman Gerald Clark, district 6, voted no on two resolutions to move the project forward.

Both resolutions that passed by a 5-2 vote allow the city to further create the architectural plans they need to send the full project out to bid.

The councilmen who voted no said they did, because the council doesn't have a firm dollar amount of how much the project will cost and they're worried it will be over the estimated $46 million the city said they'll spend.

The other members of the council said they can't know exactly how much the total project will bid out for without first spending this $4 million to create the finalized plans, which is why five of them voted to approve spending the money.

The next steps of the project will be to create the final plans and start grating the land at Town Madison for the new stadium .

The city council will vote to approve that grating work sometime in June or July.

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