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Emmetsburg Keeps An “Eye On The Storm”

By Staff | Feb 10, 2009

When “The Storm” blew in to Emmetsburg five years ago, over 500 people came out to help form a vision for the community. Residents also participated in “Ridin’ The Storm Out.” Now it’s time for an “Eye On The Storm.”

Emmetsburg residents are invited to take part in the “Eye On The Storm” planning session Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the new Five Island Golf and Community Center (formerly Emmetsburg Country Club.).

“Eye on the Storm” is an opportunity for community residents to express their opinions on how the community center should be developed. In addition to serving as a club house for golfers, there are many other opportunities for this building and lake front property.

An Open House at the Community Center will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 24. Tours of the facility will be provided by golf course manager Mike Knight and members of the city’s golf committee.

A light meal of sandwich and chips will be served by students in the Emmetsburg High School Spanish Club. There is no cost for the meal, but residents may wish to make a donation toward the Spanish Club’s trip to Costa Rica.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with an update on Storm related projects: Safe Routes to School; Junior Achievement; Iowa Great Places; Trails update; and Community Entrance Signs.

Abbie Gaffey, Community & Economic Development Field Specialist, Iowa State University, will facilitate the “Eye on the Storm” meeting. Gaffey is a Community & Economic Development Field Specialist for Iowa State University Extension. Prior to joining Extension two years ago, she spent 12 years as the City of Sioux City’s Community & Economic Development Project Coordinator.

Gaffey provides consultation and technical assistance to communities in the 40 counties of western Iowa. She also teaches leadership development and planning and zoning in communities throughout Iowa. Gaffey is a historic preservationist and urban planner housed at Iowa State University’s Design West facility in Sioux City.

Emmetsburg residents are encouraged to participate in “Eye on the Storm” and help plan this new community project.