Spirit Lake Council Hears Request From Blue Water Music Festival; Takes No Action On RIDES Contract

Wed 8-26-2015 []

(Spirit Lake)-- Some major changes are in the works for an annual event that highlights efforts to improve water quality in the Iowa Great Lakes. Greg Drees, one of the organizers of the 2016 Blue Water Festival, told the Spirit Lake city council Tuesday they're working to completely revamp the event. He says part of that includes plans to promote the event on a much larger scale. Drees says doing that, however, will require additional financial resources. He says they're asking the county and cities to chip in $5,000 a piece to help out...SL Council01 

Drees requested the city consider the request at budget time, something council members agreed to do.

In other business, the council took no action on a contract renewal with RIDES regional transit authority. The city in the past had a contract with the entity for $9,000 a year. The new contract was for $12,000 a year. Council member Donna Fisher expressed concern over the increase and statistics from the agency that showed the number of Spirit Lake residents using the service has declined...SL Council02 

Other council members expressed the same opinion.

The Spirit Lake city council also Tuesday evening reviewed a proposal to construct some new hangars at the airport in Okoboji. City Administrator/Attorney Gregg Owens...SL Council03 

The council voted unanimously in favor of a motion to that affect.