Community members gathered last Wednesday for the monthly Kaffee Klatch meeting in Appanoose Conservation Foundation’s Pheasant’s Forever cabin.
The cabin, which is one of two built near the Reservoir, has been open almost three years now and Kaffee Klatch host Mark Hoffman introduces Kenny Phelps, who talked about the history of the Appanoose Conservation Foundation and their efforts to get the cabins built as well as the financial benefits having the cabins brings to Appanoose County.
“It’s a vision Kenny Phelps … on the Conservation Board kind of helped spearhead 20 years ago,” said Hoffman.
Phelps talked about how the members of the Conservation Board traveled around to different counties to look at the cabins they had to offer. They then approached the Board of Supervisors about building cabins in Appanoose County, but were turned down for funding. So the foundation went about finding funding to build the cabins and were able to construct two that can house between 10 and 12 people each.
“Basically the foundation’s been active for 25 years … about $3.2 million raised in the 25 years,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman also talked about many of the improvements the foundation has been a part of at Lelah Bradley Park, including improvements to the trail, putting in docks, updating the information kiosk and more.
Supervisor Mark Waits who is also a member of the Appanoose County Conservation Board spoke about that board’s plans to build a shower house and bathroom at Lelah Bradley Park. The board will be building the septic system and sidewalk for the project with this fiscal year’s money and will continue construction of the facility with next fiscal year’s budget.
Public Health Director Kris Laurson spoke to the group about the mission of Public Health.
“Some of the things we focus on here locally … animal bites … chronic diseases … healthy community design … lead contamination, maternal and child health, mental health, preparedness, school audits, vaccines,” said Laurson.
Laurson also said that Public Health will be starting a new program with Mercy Medical Center Centerville to help address issues that people might be facing that cause them to be readmitted to the hospital after discharge.
“When someone’s discharged from the hospital … we can go out and make a one time, at the very most two time visit to try and see what’s going on in that person’s life so they don’t go right back into the hospital for the same thing,” said Laurson.
Rhonda Raskie from the Centerville School District spoke about the district’s upcoming Iowa Assessments, the recent PPEL vote and new security updates that are being put into place around the district in response to recent school shootings in the country. The district has had meetings with local law enforcement organizations to update their security plans.
Main Street Director Mary Wells said that a group of 11 people would be attending the state’s 2017 Main Street Awards and one local volunteer will be recognized with the 2017 Leadership Award. Gov. Kim Reynolds will present the award. Wells also talked about the upcoming Uptown/Downtown Tours that will be held Saturday, May 12.
“They’ll be able to tour some of the spaces that people haven’t got to see before,” said Wells. “We’ll have about 10 different spaces available for that. One of them is going to be the Mason Lodge above the old Ben Franklin building.”
Wells also said that about 15 to 20 vendors have already signed up to participate in Market on Main this summer. it will be held June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 from 3-7 p.m.
Chamber Director Natalie Close revealed that this year’s Pancake Day parade Marshall will be Simon Estes.
“It’s the 70th annual, and he also celebrated his 80th birthday this year,” said Close. “He was parade marshall once before. It’s been 21 years so very happy to have him coming back. He’s obviously an example of what makes Centerville strong.”
Close also spoke about the Chamber’s annual golf tournament. Close said that the Chamber’s goal is to take some of the proceeds from the golf tournament to set up a volunteerism scholarship that will be awarded to a Centerville High School student. She also spoke about renovations that will be happening at the Chamber office beginning this week. People will need to use the Chamber’s side door while the front office renovations are completed.
Next month’s Kaffee Klatch will be hosted by Lee Container.
Krystal Fowler can be reached at [email protected] or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow her on Twitter @KFowler_Daily.
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