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Mazo board observes moment of silence for trustee Kevin Graham


September 13, 2018

At its August 14 meeting, the Village Board of Mazomanie approved a concept for a new bandstand, which was designed as a service project by students of the School of Architecture at Taliesin and will be fully funded through donations.

The student whose design was chosen called his concept “Dancing Gables,” basing it on the gables seen on buildings in the historic district of Mazomanie. It will have a metal sloped roof, in a color to be determined, three sets of stained wood trusses, and a wooden backdrop behind the stage. The roof would extend two to three feet behind the backdrop as a staging area for performers.

Before coming to the board on Aug. 14, the design was approved by the Mazo 2020 committee and the Historic Preservation Commission.

The village will follow a similar process to what was used for the splash pad, which was also spearheaded by an outside group and funded by donations, according to Village President Gary Harrop. The board approved the project in concept, allowing the donation drive to begin.

When the project is completed and paid for, it will be officially turned over to the village. The board will pass a resolution at that time accepting the donation of the bandstand.

The structure tentatively would be located at the east end of the Promenade, facing west and extending about 23 feet. Harrop said the board can finalize the location at a later date.

Public Works Director Mark Geisler advised the board that they may want to consider additional restrooms and parking in the area to accommodate increased use.

Moment of Silence for Deceased Board Member

The board was down one member in August, following the unexpected death of Village Trustee Kevin Graham, 47, in a motorcycle accident on July 28 in Richland County. Graham’s motorcycle collided with a truck that turned left across his lane as he was cresting a hill.

Elected in April 2017, Graham had been a vocal watchdog on village spending in his time on the board. He had operated the Madison-based concrete restoration and waterproofing company Pro Axis along with two friends since 2011. He is survived by two sons, Cody and Zak, as well as other family members and friends.

Harrop asked the board to pause for a moment of silence at the beginning of the Aug. 14 meeting, “out of respect for his memory and his service on the board.”


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