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City Council Hears Update On ‘The Shores’ and RAGBRAI®

July 31, 2014
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

"We will start seeing the walls go up at The Shores the first part of September," Michelle Kauten, Community Center Director, told Emmetsburg City Council Monday night. "We already have five weddings booked and three potential bookings. People are checking us out."

In her report to the council, Michelle said she has been compiling quotes over the last two months for items such as audio/visual equipment, electronic message boards, tables and chairs, window treatments, stage, risers and dance floor materials, bar furniture and dinnerware. She stated that the board is getting close to making decisions on these items.

"Once we make those decisions, it will be easier to paint a picture of what it will look like," said Michelle. "We're excited about that."

Councilman Mike Hermansen questioned if these items were included in the original cost estimate of the center. Michelle stated the budget includes funding for these project components. The board must now decide where these items will be purchased.

Michelle also told the council that the community center website has gone live, (theshores@fiveisland .com) and the Facebook page is now up. She has also created a brochure to be used when recruiting events to the center.

The Shores at Five Island will open in the Spring of 2015.


Complimentary comments about the July 21 RAGBRAI overnight stay were expressed at the Monday night council meeting.

During the public comment time, Emmetsburg resident Margay Grose said, "Monday (RAGBRAI) was terrific. It was really exciting to talk around and see so many people and hear so many positive comments. It was amazing; it was exhilarating. And the next day it was gone."

Margay said she had talked to people who came from Pennsylvania to ride RAGBRAI. "They said Emmetsburg was the star."

Mayor Heddinger said, "I'm going to reiterate the same thing. The folks in charge and the volunteers hats off! Many thanks for all the work. It was done so well and so organized."

Chamber Director Deb Hite told the council, "We're riding a high at the Chamber. We continue to get good comments every day. It's because I had the best team."

Deb praised the Emmetsburg team members for the hours they worked. "The early hours they started and the late hours they went to they really gave it their all. They were still smiling at 2 a.m."

She added, "Thank you to the city for your cooperation. Putting electricity down there (Soper Park) is an awesome addition. Having that infrastructure is something we will use the Fourth of July and any other summer festivals we have down there."

Deb said she had talked to Jeff Morey, EMU Water Department, and he estimated 300,000 gallons of water had been used during the RAGBRAI stay. She also thanked Eric Hanson and Emmetsburg Police Department, and Bill Dickey and the city crews.

"You can't do this on your own," said Deb. "It takes the whole city. Financially, we will do well. I just can't tell you the exact number right now."

In his report to the council, Police Chief Eric Hanson stated there were nine arrests during RAGBRAI: six by the Iowa State Patrol; two by Emmetsburg Police Department; and one by the Sheriff's Department. The arrests came late in the night. There were no accidents.

"I was very impressed with vehicular traffic," said Hanson. "We were very pleased with how things went."



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