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County weighs AWAYSIS, Concordia decisions

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

To hear from McNabb

The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether it will contribute $600,000 over a six-year period to tie rural Buena Vista County in with the Project AWAYSIS destination park concept.

It will also try to reach a decision on buying the former Concordia building for a potential new jail site.

Representatives of Project AWAYSIS asked supervisors at their July 13 meeting if they could consider funding $600,000 toward the project, starting with $100,000 in 2005 for signing driving trails and building historical interpretive kiosks. The remaining $500,000 would be doled out yearly for bike and recreational trails that could eventually become part of a northwest Iowa trail system.

The Project AWAYSIS committee that met with the supervisors two weeks ago included Storm Lake City Administrator John Call, Storm Lake City Administrative Service Director Justin Yarosevich, and Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce and Area Development Corporation CEO Gary Lalone. The group said the county's contribution could help leverage more funding and will show commitment by the county to the project, and so help with the overall Vision Iowa grant application.

The board will also meet in closed session regarding an offer to purchase a building on West Milwaukee Avenue from Concordia Lutheran Church.

The county may purchase the building and remodel it for use as a new jail. The current jail facility is overcrowded and the Concordia building, which was once intended as a school, is no longer needed by the church which has made alternative arrangements for its school.

In other business, the board will hear from Marian McNabb regarding an aluminum can receptacle across from Linn Grove City Hall. McNabb has apparently requested that the cans be removed on a more timely basis.

The supervisors will also hear the public and review the consent agenda.

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