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Fate of Taylor house still in the air

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:52 a.m. CDT
Creston city council voted in February to demolish this house at 1707 W. Adams St. known as the Taylor house. But now, after a vote Tuesday, the city council will accept bids on the purchase and relocation of the Taylor house.

The Taylor house may have a second chance.

After some residents expressed interest in seeing the Taylor house relocated, Creston Mayor Warren Woods presented the idea to members of the council Tuesday and invited the council to discuss the proposal.

Councilwoman Marsha Wilson, who represents Ward 4, made a motion to consider bids on the relocation of the Taylor house within McKinley Park.

Creston Park and Recreation Board of Directors Chairman John Kawa suggested moving the house closer to the historical complex. Wilson said the relocation within McKinley Park, with utilities, would cost $50,000.

Mayor Woods said the possibility could be explored, but the motion died because it lacked a second.

Councilman Larry Wagner made a motion to only take down the outer buildings for now, which includes an old barn.

“They just have to go,” said Wagner.

After Wagner’s motion to remove the outer buildings was approved, Councilman Randy White made a motion to take bids on the purchase and relocation of the Taylor house. White said he would like to see somebody, not the city, move the house to a different lot or into the country.

White’s motion to take bids on the purchase and relocation of the Taylor house, which was seconded by Councilman Loyal Winborn, was approved by the council, 4 to 2. Those in favor were White, Winborn, Wagner and Nancy Loudon, and opposed were Wilson and Koets.

“All we are asking for is taking bids,” said Wagner. “This is not a final move. This is not accepting bids. It’s not saying it’s moving. There can be more discussion on this at another time. We are just gonna put it out there and see if anyone wants it.”

New council member

Ann Levine was sworn in to her new position as Ward 3 council member, where she will finish out the remainder of former Councilwoman Betty Shelton’s term, which is due to expire Dec. 31.

Levine is a Creston native and a first-grade teacher at St. Malachy School, where she has taught for 35 years.

Visitor’s Center

Creston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ellen Gerharz appeared before the council to present an updated Union County visitors guide and to request volunteers for the visitor’s center.

“The more volunteers we have, the more hours that facility is open,” said Gerharz.

The visitor’s center, 636 New York Ave., will be open daily from May 13 to Oct. 5. Anyone with a morning or afternoon available who is interested in volunteering is encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce office at (641) 782-7021.

In other city business the council:

• Met with Jo Duckworth, Union County Emergency Management coordinator, and approved a countywide emergency operation’s plan.

• Approved filling the vacancy of council person at-large by council appointment.

• Reappointed Lores Stewart as commissioner to the Southern Iowa Regional Housing Authority with term expiring April 9, 2012.

• Set a public hearing 6 p.m. April 2 for easement request to place fiber optic cable in city right of way.

• Approved the hiring of Kenneth Dingman as operator I for the street department to begin employment today.

• Approved amendment No. 1 to an agreement between city of Creston and Garden and Associated for Cottonwood Subdivision, to include additional services for an additional $20,752.

• Approved a request of $5,500 from the hotel/motel fund by the park and recreation board to help with the promotion of summer events and McKinley Park campground.

•Approved drawdown No. 13 of $27,082 for the CDBG housing rehabilitation project No. 09-HSG-022.

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