May 14, 2020
I hope everyone is staying healthy! The weather is starting to get nicer out so that helps for the mental stress a little bit. People can start getting their garden planted and getting flowers planted. It gets everyone outside at least. Not much really has been going on to talk about with the community, with the covid-19 virus going around so rapid yet. We are all still trying our best to do the social distancing and going places only if necessary. I have a feeling that some of this will be our new ‘normal’. We had a great turn out for clean up days! I think it had to have been a record number of flags that were sold, because I ran out of them and still had people buying some! Thanks to all who participated. I think with everyone having to stay home more we all decided to purge out the junk!
Ground has broken for our new handicap bathrooms at the park. It’s exciting to see another project happening in Ireton. This helps us to know that people are still willing to invest in our small town. To help keep it up to date and looking nice. We got a $10,000 grant from the Siouxland Community Foundation and we have a couple more grant applications in for more money to go towards the bathrooms. We are still planning on having a fundraiser/Auction for the bathrooms when all things get lifted and we can open things back up. Until then, we have a family that will match anyone’s donation up to $15,000. If anyone is interested in donating to this project, you may send a check or drop it off at the City Office. We are planning to put a plaque of donors somewhere by the bathrooms once everything is done. Like we did at the ball field.
We also got a matching $1,000 grant from Mid American Energy to buy trees. So we are planning to get some arborvitae evergreens for the cemetery and possibly some by the new bathrooms. It was exciting to get this grant also, to help replace the evergreens we had to cut down in the cemetery.
Congratulations to the class of 2020! We know this has been a strange way to end your years in grade school, high school, and college. But we hope you can still have a graduation ceremony that you all deserve after all the years of hard work you have put into school.
We still haven’t heard anything on opening up the pool or getting to play summer sports. Hopefully, in the next week or 2 the Governor will let us open up and let the kids have a summer to enjoy once again. But, until then, we just have to hope that things will start calming down and we all just need to be sensible on what we do and how we do it to stay healthy. The campgrounds have opened back up, but no bath houses. At least we can enjoy some outdoor activities, we just might have to ‘rough it’ a little more!
Until Next Time!