At their recent meeting the Stratford City Council met with Gregg Anderson of the Stratford Historical Society on the progress being made on disassembling the Linn Berglund cabin. Anderson said that Ruby Hendrickson of the Swedish Foundation of Iowa had been emailing him in regards to the cabin and made mention that their entity is not a fund raising group however Hendrickson would like to talk about the cabin situation at the Swedish Foundation annual meeting set for this weekend. Due to this annual meeting and that he would be absent for a week, the Stratford City Council set the deadline of November 1 for the disassembly and storage of the Stratford Historical Society Linn Berglund cabin.
The Stratford City Council reviewed the Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment which is required for the Community Development Block Grant application. Shirley Helgevold of the MIDAS Council of Governments was present to answer questions and assisted in explaining the assessment.
Council members approved a building permit request from Dan Runge for addition of signage at 823 Shakespeare Avenue. Stratford Mayor Mike Neperney signed the Allers Architects amended contract for an additional $15,100 plus reimbursable expenses for the Downtown Revitalization Project. The council gave its approval for a resolution formally approving granting of easements for the Downtown Revitalization Facade Project.
The Stratford City Council appointed Paul Nielson, Kim Leeds, Sarah Binder, Catherine Bergman, Rachel Cahill and Sarah Thompson to serve on the Stratford Housing Committee. An Urban Renewal Report for the 2013 Fiscal Year was approved. A request from the Stratford Fitness Center to use ATV's on city streets from 7:00 until 12 noon for the purpose of course marking and marshaling for the Turkey Trot fun run walk event on Thanksgiving Day was approved.
Stratford City Manager Rachel Cahill reported that the city's application to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program was approved. Flood insurance is now available to local property owners and may be purchased from any insurance agent or broker licensed to do business in the state where the insurable property is located. The entire Stratford community is designated as Zone X,an area of minimal or moderate flood hazard where the mandatory purchase of flood insurance is not required.