Seeks CAT grant for library, center
The City of Marathon will be asking the county for help with repairs of the Community Center at the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.
Marathon City Clerk Cindy Richardson will come before the board on behalf of the small city's landmark, which was damaged when strong winds last spring tore off a third of the roof. In addition to community events, the building currently houses city offices and the community center.
After $13,000 in unexpected emergency roof repairs, the city still finds itself facing a decision on what to do with the building since the age and condition of the older portion the building makes it basically uninsurable.
The city did recently receive a $50,000 grant and a $350,000 guaranteed USDA Rural Development loan, but that still leaves the city short with the latest estimate for tearing down the older part of the structure and building an addition to accommodate the fire department, library, first responders, city offices, and community center at $646,490.
Removal of the older portion and building the new addition would make the building insurable, Richardson said.
The cost of replacing the old roof with a pitched roof would be $140,000; insurability could still be a question.
due to the age of the building, so demolition and reconstruction appears to be the best alternative. Richardson said the city is looking at rebuilding the structure in phases to preserve its cash flow.
Richardson said the city will apply for a CAT grant (Cultural Attractions and Tourism) through Vision Iowa for the library and community center.
One of the criteria for a CAT grant is that county support is required-financial or otherwise. Richardson will ask the county Tuesday what it can do to help in securing the CAT grant.
"We would like as much as we could get" from the county, Richardson said, without citing any specific sum the City of Marathon will ask for. She said whatever the county should decide to grant could be spread over a period of years. "Whatever they do to help us would be appreciated," Richardson said.
Marathon might also ask for help of an in-kind nature, such as assistance with demolition.