By Tim Kowols
After years of sitting dormant, Kewaunee’s Marquette School will finally meet its day with the wrecking ball. The Kewaunee City Council awarded the demolition contract to New Berlin-based Dakota Intertek Corporation at its Monday meeting. The estimated $1.1 million project will be aided by $600,000 in grant funds the city received from the state and federal government. Before the city officially takes over, Kewaunee County will briefly own the site to forgive the years of back taxes on it before transferring the deed for $1 and assurance it will not be held liable for any issues with the building. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says movement on the site is good news for everyone involved.
The Kewaunee County Board will decide whether or not to take the school on a tax foreclosure when they meet on May 22. If approved, Dakota Intertek Corporation would have 10 days to begin and four months to complete the demolition of Marquette School according to the city of Kewaunee.