Councilman J.R. Richards asked if there would be any possible negative impact on other local grocery stores, such as Hy-Vee or Fareway. But in fact, Ware said Hy-Vee is partnering with the market to work with the youth educational garden, providing a $5,000 grant.
Councilman Bob Meyers praised Ware, OPRC and the market’s volunteers for fundraising and working on gutting the market to cut construction costs.
“It’s had a very positive impact already,” said Councilman Brian Morgan. “A lot of local organizations and private citizens have banded together. The money that’s being raised and all that’s been done by you guys ... it’s taken any heat off of the city.”
The council also approved the appointment of Nick Klimek to the position of city planner, effective June 1, due to the retirement of Dave Shafer, who has been with the city since 1989. Klimek has worked for the planning department since 2010 and has worked alongside Shafer for the past two years to train for the position.
The public is invited to attend an input meeting on the Parks comprehensive plan as well as the city’s general comprehensive plan Tuesday and Wednesday, all at Bridge View Center.
The Parks plan meetings will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1 p.m. Wednesday. The general city meetings will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday.