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H/M tax grant applicants give presentations

Council to hear committee’s recommendations tomorrow

December 5, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

The Hotel/Motel tax committee heard presentations from several Hamilton County organizations that filed for grants from the tax.

Mayor Janet Adams spoke for the art in boone river country sub-committee of the PRIDE committee. That group has received grant money in past years from the tax. Adams spoke about the sculpture contest that Webster City hosted this summer.

The art in boone river country sub-committee is requesting $6,400 to continue the sculpture contest next year with planned dates from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8. In addition to the sculpture contest, the group also wants to display student sculptures created during a summer student sculpture workshop. Adams said they are planning to hold the workshop for children below high school level, but that could change if there is interest from high school students to participate. Money will also be used for a street banner, materials for the workshop, cement for four new sculpture pads, signs for the sculpture bases and a portion of the artist stipends.

Kirby L. Winter, representing the City of Webster City's IT department, is requesting $8,000 for a new website for the city. Winter said the current website was designed in 2003 and is lagging behind most modern website designs. On the grant application, Winter said having a new, updated website helps show that Webster City is looking toward the future. He said a content driven website that allows city personnel to update pages as needed will make the site more useful.

The Webster City Community Theatre is also seeking a grant. Loween Getter, president of the community theatre, spoke about their projects this year and how Hotel/Motel tax money was used to help advertise for their shows.

For next year, the theatre is asking for $6,904 for publicity and bringing Camp Creamery, a week long summer theatre workshop to town. In the grant application, Getter said the addition to the performing arts center gives them more space to host workshops. The camp is designed for children ages seven and up, and is hosted by a group of professional actors.

The Webster City Women's Club is requesting $3,931.17 to add a handicap ramp to the Jane Young house. In their application, the group said several of their members that use canes and walkers have difficulty entering the home. The club said the ramp would also allow for tours since the home would be handicap accessible.

The Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee is requesting $12,181.06 for a number of items. The depot museum under the committee offers area maps, visitor guides and more information free of charge. The money would also go to continuing the depot's longer hours of operation. The depot is also interested in a special monthly event that would feature a different building in the park. The committee also requested money for other events, including National Train Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Heritage Day.

The tax committee also heard from Webster City little league, which received a grant last year. The league was able to purchase a new scoreboard, two new storage booths and two new batting cages.

Two grant applications were rejected outright. One focused on the fairgrounds and one was from the Sketley's Border Brigade archery club.

The tax committee will make their recommendations to the city council tomorrow. The council has the final say who gets the grants in January of next year.



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