OPINION

A look back at 2014 in Story City

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Mark Jackson, Story City Administrator

The top 10 moments in Story City for 2014 included some accomplishments and challenges, as well as some sad moments.

Completed - the new Water Treatment Plant Project.

Approved - a bond issue, with 66% voting in favor, in an amount up to $2.65 million for the New Outdoor Swimming Pool

Began - the construction of the South Story City Drainage Improvement Project. The estimated cost of the project is $720,000 with the City receiving a CDBG grant in the amount of $360,000.

In Partnership - with the Story City EDC, Story City Municipal Electric, and Story Construction we initiated the construction of a $1.2 million speculative building in the Interstate 35 Business Park.

Speaking of - the Interstate 35 Business Park, the City received a RISE grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation in the amount of $323,709 for the construction of Rich Olive Street with an estimated cost of $835,044

With- the Retirement of Kevin Jacobson, the City promoted Jason Loots and hired Craig Hennager as Water & Wastewater Co-Superintendents

Held - the 15th running of the Rosy Cheeks 5k Run/Walk.

Adopted -the Parks & Recreation 2014-18 Plan

Confirmed - the infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer in a residential tree

We Remember – two former employees who passed away this past year. Long-time City Clerk & Treasurer Pat Twedt and Joy Middleton Niklasen who for six years was the City’s Aquatics/Recreation Supervisor.

That’s a quick top 10 look at 2014. Next month I’ll highlight what’s in store for 2015 and perhaps beyond.