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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 20, 2018

Winfield to host Henry County’s Freedom Rock

Jul 20, 2018

By Gretchen Teske, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WINFIELD — The Winfield city council announced Wednesday night that they have been accepted as the host of Henry County’s Freedom Rock. A group in Mt. Pleasant have been trying to raise funds for the Freedom Rock to no avail.

Winfield mayor, Chris Finnell, spoke with Art Tousignant, of Mt. Pleasant and Iowa State Representative for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, who was the lead in getting the Freedom Rock for Mt. Pleasant. Tousignant had no hard feelings and was excited to hear the progress. “He was just glad somebody in the county was going to do this,” said Finnell.

A committee will be formed to oversee the Freedom Rock project and Finnell would like to appoint Tousignant to that committee. Winfield is not on the list until 2020 which gives them time to raise funds, search for a rock and location. The city would like to put the rock in front of the VFW but will need to check with the telephone company in regards to clearance. The veterans committee donated the $1,000 needed to apply for the rock. “I like the idea that we’re doing something for the young people with the swimming pool and something for the older people with the Freedom Rock and at the same time, doing something for our veterans,” said Finnell.

The swimming pool project is making waves. The current pool will close on Aug. 5, and demolition will begin shortly after. Three contractors have expressed interest in building the pool. Open bidding will begin at 2 p.m., on Monday, July 30. The council hopes to have the new pool open by Memorial Day 2019.

Banners around town announce that Crooked Creek Days are approaching. Coordinator Jennifer Houston announced the committee’s focus this year was to bring in more kids events. They will be using a new carnival service this year, Amusement Associates of Iowa, out of Ottumwa. The carnival will arrive on Wednesday and begin setup on Thursday.

The Welcome Inn of Winfield also will be getting in on the fun as the council approved them hosting a beer tent in their parking lot and onto city sidewalk. They have sold alcohol in the past, but this year they will put up snow fence around the area to keep the sales contained. There will be one entrance and one exit into the bar and anyone wishing to enter must have an ID and will be awarded a wristband if deemed old enough to enter.

Jessica Haines, of J and J Pizza, returned to the council with her yearly financial report, as requested by the council at the last meeting. Haines is seeking a $20,000 loan from the council to continue work on the establishment which she hopes to open in September. Jessica and her husband Joel have currently invested over $10,000 into the property. The council will review the report and announce their decision at the next meeting. Until then, the business is at a stalemate.

The next meeting of the Winfield City Council will be Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m.

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