At a recent meeting the Stratford City Council discussed the recent visit by Iowa Economic Development representatives to Stratford with their proposal for closure of the Downtown Revitalization Facade project.The city received two options. The first one would pay the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) back the $16,714 for grant funds used during the initial process or complete one building with the Authority requiring no match dollars. If more than one building was selected, the city of Stratford must provide soft dollar matches. The Iowa Economic Development Authority suggested that the city council consider renovating the buildings that were owned by not for profit entities. These properties include the Shakespeare Community Center, Stratford Food Center and the building occupied by the chiropractor and the Fitness Center. The Stratford Community Development Corporation was already in the process of renovating the Stratford Food Center but agreed to have their other buildings' facade renovated. The Shakespeare Community Association agreed to have the community center facade renovated. The Stratford City Council voted to approve the amendment letter to the I.E.D.A. for a downtown revitalization contract to renovate the facades of both 813 and 826 Shakespeare Avenue with the city to provide soft match documentation for these buildings. The letter would include the estimated costs for construction, architect, administration,legal and public fees and contingencies that I.E.D.A. will absorb by using the grant funds.
The council also approved the MIDAS Council of Governments amended contract for $24,000 for administrative and technical services for the Downtown Revitalization Facade project..
A public hearing date for October 14 was set for the city of Stratford's intention to apply for $30,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for additional work on Stratford's Sanitary Sewer Inflow and Infiltration Project for the next regular meeting.
In other matters, the Stratford city council voted to approve a payment in full for the Stratford Development Corporation Main Street dues of $2000 for the 2014 fiscal year. Thursday,October 31 will be the Trick or Treat night in Stratford from 5:00 until 7;00 p.m.
City manager Rachel Cahill gave an update on the disassembly of the Stratford Historical Society Linn Bergland Cabin. Gregg Anderson had called commenting that he was working on the inside of the cabin, taking down the lathe,working on schematics and taking pictures to document placement of cabin parts. The goal is to have the cabin disassembled by November 1. Another update will be presented at next month's council meeting.
There was also a review of the outdoor pool season noting that attendance was down resulting in lower revenues and expenses as a result of the summer's overall cool weather conditions. The operation of the pool resulted in a $14,908 draw from the general fund tax levies which was down 7% from 2012.