The committee also talked with Christy Davis of Davis Preservation, Topeka, about applying for tax credits and a grant through the Kansas State Historical Society. Davis said the stadium and school are eligible to be listed on the national and state registers of historic places. If the stadium and school are added to the registers, the stadium restoration group can apply for tax credits and heritage grant monies.
The group asked Restoration and Waterproofing Contractors Inc. of Kansas City to prepare an estimate for the repairs needed. The company said they would clean 7,400 square feet of limestone, repair mortar joints and missing mortar and missing stone. Install 2,200 square feet of veneer and seal caps. Drains would also be installed to prevent water pooling.
Several large donations or pledges have helped to jumpstart the fund drive. United Bank & Trust and Citizens State Bank have made a combined pledge of $25,000. The Restoration committee also reported the Landoll Corporation and the Guise-Weber Foundations/Helvering Trust have pledged an additional $37,500 to the project.
Donations need to be earmarked for the restoration project, which has its own fund. Donations should be sent to the Board of Education office, 211 S. 10th, Marysville, 66508.
Alumni who do not receive a letter asking for donations can contact Julie Haggard, [email protected] or 785-799-3586.