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Clearly Positive

September 27, 2012
Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Check it out! The paving project on Broadway is open to drivers, nearly free and clear. The orange cones have mostly disappeared. Work continues to make each corner handicap accessible. A huge improvement.

Check it out! Finishing touches are being made to the paving project at Kearney State Park. The orange cones are still there and it will be a while before it is open to the public. What a difference that road makes. Won't the campers and fishermen and kids to who play in the park think it's grand.

Check it out! The trail in north Emmetsburg is already in use. As funding allows, the project will continue to grow, giving walkers, runners and bikers a safe place.

All of this hustle and bustle around Emmetsburg tells us that this community has a lot going on and is "on the grow." These projects, and others, have a clearly positive impact on the community.

We've seen a summer of disruption downtown, but most have looked to the end project: a beautiful road. That's what it's all about.

It was a challenge for some to access downtown businesses, but they found a place to park and walked a longer distance than before. It's been worth the walk. Business owners and customers will be pleased to see downtown construction come to a conclusion.

The biggest "plus" of the downtown street work has been a learning experience for all drivers on how to navigate a four-way stop. We're all a little smarter about that procedure. And all the orange cones slowed traffic, which was a benefit to pedestrians.

So is it safe to say we are getting ready for the "W" word??We don't really want to say "winter" out loud yet since we are still experiencing beautiful fall weather and there is still much to be accomplished.

In just a few days the doors to the former Country Club will close forever. The public will have an opportunity to purchase a piece of history as some of the inventory is being offered at garage sale prices. Stop at the clubhouse and take a look. The final event is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6. Then the building will be razed.

Our family has spent a lot of hours on the golf course and in the clubhouse. We've had a lot of fun. But it's time for the poor old building to come down. It has served its purpose.

Now we need to make room for the new. A lot of thought and planning is going into plans for a community center that will be built on the lake's shore.

There are a lot of people involved in planning for the future of Emmetsburg. It is obvious to me that the Mayor and Emmetsburg City Council, city administration and all of the volunteers who serve on committees have the best interest of the community in mind.

Let's give them our support.

 
 
 

 

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