McGregor Council considers community center proposals

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By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the McGregor Council considered several concept design proposals for a potential library/community center. 

Last month, the city received a $10,000 grant from The Native Fund to support the endeavor.

The potential building would be located at the former site of the INKspiration Tattoo property, at 330 Main St., which was destroyed by the July 19 tornado and later torn down. The property, which is next to the McGregor Public Library, was donated to the city of McGregor by former owners Fred Petrie and Melanie San Fillippo.  

City administrator Lynette Sander said the city sent out six requests for proposal and received four of them back. The council opted to go with a proposal from Martin Gardner Architecture, at a cost not to exceed $9,800, .

Sander said McGregor Public Library Director Michelle Pettit is also working on securing a grant to have a needs assessment performed, as the project could include the library.

Tree board

The council approved an ordinance establishing a city tree board. It also appointed residents Joe Brooks, Sandy Beisker, Dan Keyes, Deb Scott, Morris Weller and Maria Brummel to serve on the board.

The city has considered a tree board for several years, but pushed to make it happen following the tornado, which destroyed and damaged many trees in the community.

Pedestrian bridge

Sander said the city has received preliminary approval from FEMA to replace the pedestrian bridge that spanned across B Street, connecting Second Street with Point Ann Lane.

Already in need of repair prior to the July 19 tornado, the bridge was deemed no longer salvageable and torn down in September.

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