Helipad Update

Helipad Update: For all those who have generously donated to the Flight for Life Helipad project and are wondering about the status, runaway inflation has kept us from achieving our goals this season. We have been very busy behind the scenes working on obtaining funding- in the spring we applied for a competitive state grant but didn’t win it, then we pitched our idea to Sawyer County Emergency Services members and the Sawyer County Board. After attending numerous committee meetings and county board meetings, the Sawyer County Board voted in July to award Draper up to $40,000.00 of their ARPA funds to see our project to completion! We are starting to purchase lighting and other materials this fall and will bid out the concrete in late winter for a target of June 2023 install date. The Town of Draper would like to thank Ron Buckholtz for his strong support for the project- Mr. Buckholtz advocated for us on multiple occasions and his support was valuable in articulating the need and value this facility will bring to southeastern Sawyer County. Thank you, Mr. Buckholtz! Stay tuned for updates as the project develops.