Progress Notes

April 10, 2009

Things are happening. The Reinharts and helpers are moving ahead with improvements to the roadside shelter house. Private funds are coming in, which we really appreciate. And the City is contributing $500.00. Still a long way from our goal.

Received notice of funding in the amount of $1,028.60 from the Iowa's Living Roadways grant for landscaping around the ODEBOLT signs.

The TREES PLEASE grant in the amount of $1000.00 is being used for trees along Hwy. 175 through town. Madeline has these trees ordered. Madeline, Kerry & Deb have really been working to keep things moving.

From the April 6, 2009 City Council Meeting Minutes

Kerry and Deb Reinhart were present to represent the Odebolt Betterment Committee. Two applications have been submitted for planting trees and shrubs along Hwy. 175 to enhance the corridor passing through town. Kerry also requested approval to start shingling the shelter house along Hwy. 175. The future plans for this site also include repainting the shelter house, adding a decorative handrail, handicap accessible sidewalk, low maintenance landscaping and the placement of an historical plaque telling the history of the Odebolt Ground Observers Corp. Observation Tower (photo to left). At this time financial support has been received from P. Dale Gronemeyer, Mary Jeanne Thompson, Lundell Plastics and the City of Odebolt. More financial assistance is needed in order to complete the project. The Mayor & Council commended the Reinharts for their work on these projects.

January 8, 2009
We received word that we have qualified for a $1000.00 matching grant from MidAmerican's Trees Please Program. We have other applications in the process and are hopeful for landscaping items. As the timing is not ours to choose, things might not happen until the fall of 2009 or even the spring of 2010. We are continuing to push forward.

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