Green Lake School District will pay the city of Green Lake $2,000 for each of the next three years for use of the city-owned baseball and softball fields.

That’s half what it paid before.

As Mayor Jon McConnell explained to the City Council during its meeting Monday, the school district asked the city to renegotiate the fee.

That’s because “they don’t play any football games here and none of the other schools that Green Lake partners with in sports, they don’t have to pay for any of their fields,” McConnell said. “So it’s just Green Lake that has to pay to have the athletic field.”

The $2,000 should cover maintenance costs, he added.

Green Lake splits its games with Princeton, as the schools partner for many sports.

“And Princeton would love for you to decline this so that all the games will be played in Princeton because all their businesses want everybody to play there,” McConnell said.

The council did not decline, as it unanimously approved the memorandum of understanding.

For more news from Monday's meeting, read the Feb. 15, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.