Hotel/Motel board reviews finalists

The Hotel/Motel Tax Board met Tuesday evening at the City Council chambers to hear presentations from grant finalists. The Board will give its recommendations to the City Council on July 1.

Five finalist groups presented at the meeting. First to present were Suzanne Yoder and Kent Schell for the Border Brigade Archery Club. The club is seeking a grant total of $3,561 to host archery training programs. In their budget proposal, the club is asking for $1,100 to purchase 10 Genesis bows, which Schell said can be adjusted for use by any age group. The budget also includes arrows, instructor classes and other supplies.

The next presentation was from recreation and public grounds director Kent Harfst, representing the City of Webster City. Harfst came to present on the Riverside Park canoe access and prairie restoration project. He said Riverside Park is the most popular access on the Boone River. Grant monies for the project would be used to create a permanent concrete access point for canoes on the river. Some of the grant will go toward restoring the prairie there. In total, the grant is asking for $10,000, which will go toward equipment rentals, purchasing stone, soil and sand, composting, prairie seed and other supplies.

The Doodlebug Club of America, represented by Jerry Wells, also presented on Tuesday. The club is asking for $1,900 to cover the cost of the 27th annual Doodlebug reunion in Webster City.

Webster City Area Economic Development and the Chamber of Commerce presented a marketing plan for the City. The total grant money requested for the plan is $23,099.24. The plan includes advertisements through local media, state travel media, and social media.

Hamilton County Conservation is looking for a grant of $28,000 to establish the Legacy Learning Center at Briggs Woods Park. The grant money will go toward promoting classes, such as outdoor photography, wood carving and various crafting projects. It will also help fund the services of a project marketing coordinator, who the group says will help further promote the classes to bring visitors to the county.