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The Caledonia village board is considering deeding part of Linwood Park, 7305 Linwood Park, to the Caledonia Historical Society.

The Village Board relinquished control, maintenance and operation of Linwood Park to the Caledonia Historical Society in 2011. Now the Historical Society and the village need to come up with an agreement so they can have the buildings and its contents insured.

The Caledonia Historical Society has built several buildings on the property, but there is no clear definition of who owns the property and who takes care of it, said village board and parks commission member Jim Dobbs said at a parks meeting Thursday.

“We also need to deed the land the buildings sit on so they don’t have to ask permission to us to dig a fire pit,” Dobbs said.

If the agreement is approved by the village board, only the land that has the buildings on it and the playground area would be included in the deed transfer. Under the terms of the proposed agreement, the historical society would continue to agree to cut all of the lawn in Linwood Park. In return, the historical society would be able to keep any rental fees generated from renting out the building.

“The point is, the Historical Society and the village have been in a partnership all of these years,” said village administrator Mark Janiuk. “If they found something that was a serious danger, they would come to us… like they’ve done before.”

If approved, the property becomes the historical society’s, but there are still some restrictions. They have to continue to operate in an open and non-discriminatory way.

If abandoned, the property would eventually revert back to village.



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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.