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City fathers consider child care in Victor city limits

A Day Care facility incorporated into a new community center could be on the horizon for the Victor area if the city council agrees to sign on as a primary sponsor.

At the city council meeting in Victor on Thursday, June 11, members continued discussion on a proposal by Heather Wolf and Jamie York on building a complex in Victor that would house a day care center and could be used as a community recreation building.

Council members agreed to hold a special meeting on June 29 to meet with Sheri Rice, USDA Rural Development, to discuss the possibility further. First raised at the council meeting on May 14, York and Wolf suggested the possibility of using grants or loans to develop the project and that the city and school district could make this a joint project.

According to Rice, who was at the meeting, a number of communities are taking the initiative and forming alliances such as this to strengthen the community.

“Child care is an essential part of the city—it is like water and electricity,” Rice said. “It can help attract people and businesses to the city.”

According to York and Wolf, there is currently not a quality day care facility near Victor.

While there are individuals who offer day care services, Wolf and York reiterated, they are limited as to the number of children they can take.

A day care facility in Victor would possibly draw support from the entire area, including Brooklyn and Belle Plaine.

According to Wolf, a family in Brooklyn is currently taking their children to a day care facility in Grinnell, then driving to work in Williamsburg.

Discussion at the June 29 meeting will focus on funding the complex. According to Rice, any loan would pay for construction of the facility and would include the purchase of the property.

“We would like to see support from the city which would include having city council members on the board of directors” of the new facility, she said. “As a whole, our town should want to support a day care facility,” York said.

“Child care has been an issue for a long time.”

In other business, the council

• Voted to rescind a move to barricade an alley west of Williams Street. Several citizens who live and use the alley expressed their concern that the council moved to close the alley and didn’t consider alternatives. Heated at times, the discussion ended when it was moved to reopen the alley until all parties concerned could address the issue at the following council meeting on July 16.

• Agreed to allow Brien Michalek to landscape a portion of the rolle bolle courts in Victor, as well as allowing electricity to be accessed for night lights, depending on the rules and regulations specified by Alliant Energy.

• Extended the housing rehabilitation grant contract to allow time to locate an additional residence to be included in the grant.

According to Fred Stiefel, city clerk, the grant has allowed the city to complete five homes with one more ready to be completed.

The hope is that one more can be located before the funding ends.

• Approved cigarette permits for Casey’s, Victor’s Market, and D&P. • Approved the auction of a house at 703 3rd St., on Saturday, June 13 while outlining the details for the bid process and closure of the sale.

Final instructions will be issued at the special meeting on June 29.

• Completed the third reading on an ordinance concerning street parking during snow removal and approved the ordinance.

UPDATED June 16, 2009 1:05 PM

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