On Tuesday night the Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board heard from several organizations at Webster City City Hall asking for grant requests for numerous projects.
Webster City Mayor Janet Adams made a request of $6,400 for next year's Art in Boone River Sculpture Event. The plans will include a summer sculpture workshop for young people including a contest with the sculptures to be designed by students under high school age.Another activity would include the lining up of a speaker from the Rural Art Group, purchase of a banner to be displayed, distribution of posters promoting the sculpture contest,artist stipends,and cement for four sculpture pads.The tentative dates of next year's Art in Boone River Sculpture event will be August 6 through 8.
Loween Getter of the Webster City Community Theater requested an amount of $6,904 to be used toward a theater camp next summer featuring three staff members of the Old Creamery Theater from Amana. Camp Creamery would be in charge of a one week theater workshop giving children ages 7 and up the opportunity to work and perform with professional actors from the Old Creamery Theater while they rehearse and present a play. The cost for a child to participate will be at $30. The dates for Camp Creamery will be July 29 to August 5,2013. The Community Theater also said the other half of the requested funds would help with promoting the schedule of productions for 2013 including "Sleeping Indoors" in February, "Adorabelle and the Silly Seven" in April, "Nunset Boulevard" set for next July and a fall or Christmas production slated for later next year.
Kirby Winter representing the City of Webster City asked for $8000 to help update the City of Webster City website. The city has had a website since 2003 but it is in need of updating with new features to be added next year.
Erin Christenson of Webster City Bowl asked for a total of $24,901 for upgrades to their system at the local bowling alley. The current scoring system dates back to the early 1980s. Christenson said there is a possibility of a high school bowling team due to the fact that bowling is becoming a growing sport at the high school level.
The Webster City Women's Club requested a grant of $3,931 to be used for installing a handicap ramp at the Jane Young House. The ramp would be used for those needing help coming in and out of the home during tours and special events.
A request from the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee amounting to $12,181 for their information center at the park. The money would be used for special activities in the year ahead including National Train Day, Memorial Day, Heritage Day and Veteran's Day. One of the major events set for next will be for the 100th birthday of the Boy Scout program in Webster City. The event will take place September 28th and 29th as an estimated 600 boy scouts will be in Webster City for an all scout reunion.
The Hotel Motel Tax Committee will study the recommendations and present them to the Webster City City Council at their January 7th meeting.