By Tim Rohwer
Three Council Bluffs neighborhood associations have been busy in recent years doing “everyday” things to preserve the historical charm of their area.
Their efforts didn’t go unnoticed.
On Thursday, they were awarded the 2013 Preservation Award by the Council Bluffs Historic Preservation Commission.
The commission recognized the Fairmount Park, Gibraltar, and the Lincoln Fairview associations for doing “everyday things that people can do,” as one city official said.
“We want to recognize the efforts of neighborhood associations to preserve their neighborhoods,” said Cal Petersen, chairman of the historical commission.
The Fairmount Park Association, according to Petersen, oversaw the renovation of the grandstand at Kirn Park, sponsored clean-up days, gave tours of the homes in the neighborhood that underwent restoration, purchased historical banners for street poles, etc.
The Gibraltar association helped the Fairmount group restore the brick streets, as well as helping with the Kirn project. It even purchased a security camera to be placed there to discourage vandals. It also sponsored fundraising events for the historic General Dodge House, and even publishes a frequent newsletter to keep residents informed on projects.
The Lincoln Fairview association purchased street sign banners for Oakland Avenue, as well as benches for the Lincoln Monument and a security camera for the Black Angel statue. That group also publishes a newsletter.
“It’s about neighborhoods saying, ‘We need to preserve what we have,’” Mayor Tom Hanafan said. “We have a community that supports a lot of efforts.”
On Thursday, August 23rd, I was driving through the park after picking up my kids from daycare and saw Action 3 News and police in the park. I called my mom and she switched to the news in time to hear that the bomb squad was called to Fairmount Park. Until this morning, I finally found out they were called after workers found a substance in a trash can and experienced watery, itchy eyes. The substance was detonated and was too small amount to be a threat. Here’s a link to the story
This Saturday, May 26th, the FPNA will be hanging flower baskets on the poles through the Park, Glen, Huntington, and High School streets. Michelle Mutchler-Burns will be watering again this year, however, feel free to take of them near your house as needed.
Naomi Leinen, 449 Glen Avenue, has informed me that their car was broken into Saturday night/Sunday morning. Her sons back pack was stolen that had his school books and computer tablet. Additionally, John Drake, 451 Glen Avenue, had his home broken into during this same time frame. He does not believe anything was stolen. Both incidents have been reported to the Police. Please be alert and report any suspicious activity. Thank you for your time. – Kyle
I wanted to send out a final reminder that we are still looking for participants for the 2012 FPNA Garage sale. We have 11 locations so far but would like to get some more. So if you have unused items piling up in the basement or garage and would like to earn some extra cash please contact me at the information below and I will add you to the list.
We will also be having a bake sale that day so if you aren’t able to participate in the Garage Sale think about contributing that cookie, brownie or sweet treat you are famous for to the bake sale effort. – Kyle Muschall
Please Join us on Sunday, June 10th from 1pm-5pm for a lovely tour and stroll around some very historic neighborhoods! Please see attachment for more information.
Joe Atkinson reported a break in at his home Sunday. Please read his comments:
“I discovered tonight that our garage was broken into sometime in the past several days, and one of our bikes was stolen. We weren’t aware of it until tonight because we’ve been unable to use the garage due to some pending work on the supporting retaining walls, so it could have occurred any time in the past week or so. We suspect the break-in may have been related to some recent siding repairs we had done, as I saw one of the workers looking around the garage one day – nowhere near where any repairs were needed. We found a cell phone charger that was apparently dropped in the process of crawling in or out of the garage window, so if the police pursue this, we may have something to go on.
Just wanted to let you know in case you see anything suspicious.”
It must be that time of year again. Vandals struck Kirn Park Saturday night and pried the bronze plate from the memorial at the entrance to Kirn Park. There was also a small bit of marker notes, like a school kid would write on the marble(?) itself. Also, more bleachers have been broken. Officer Alba has been notified. We will try to be up there more late in the day and maybe make a trip in the car after dark. Also, if you live close to the park and see lights on, like from a car after dark, notify the police. – Gibraltar Neighborhood Association
I wanted to send out another reminder that we are still looking for participants for the 2012 FPNA Garage sale. We have 8 locations so far but would like to get some more. So if you have unused items piling up in the basement or garage and would like to earn some extra cash please contact me at the information below and I will add you to the list.
We will also be having a bake sale that day so if you aren’t able to participate in the Garage Sale think about contributing that cookie, brownie or sweet treat you are famous for to the bake sale effort.
The Design Committee for the Downtown Flower Project will begin our flower planting in the downtown area on this Saturday at 10 AM. We will have a flatbed trailer with mulch and flowers, also a truck with a watering tank.
Sherbondy’s is selling us “Wave Petunias” at a discount. Larry Foster (Parks Dept) has indicated that the City may be able to provide us some planting materials as well but I do not know the quantities or types yet. I will bring as many shovels and implements as possible, gloves, and bottled water.
We will probably not get it all done but will do what we can do for the day. If those interested will perhaps recruit helpers and bring more tools let me know who might be coming, that would be appreciated.
Feel free to contact me via email or my cell at 402 679 9882. If I am at work I may have to call you back, but leave me a message. Suggestions are very much appreciated. Nate Watson