$4.8 million goal not reached

The Ireton city council voted to give $8,000 to Sioux County Nature Center as they were approached to help the project reach their $4.8 million goal.

IRETON—After much discussion during the Ireton City Council meeting Monday, July 15 in Ireton, council voted 3-1 to approve a donation totaling $8,000 over a four year period to the Sioux County Nature Center. Council member Rodney Ten Napel was the lone nay vote and council member Brad Kooi was absent. 

This decision comes just one month after Sioux County Conservation director Rob Klocke and assistant director and environmental education coordinator Sunday Ford presented an update on the Nature Center project and asked for additional funding.

Sioux County Conservation Foundation is continuing to work hard to finish their capital campaign by encouraging people and organizations to support the project. They are just short of their 4.8 million dollar goal. The portion that is short are funds directed to the exhibits at the Sioux County Nature Center being built at Oak Grove State Park.

To donate call 712-552-1047. All donations are tax deductible.

Other items

In other items council:

Heard from Nate Kuperus, pastor at Ireton Christian Reformed Church, who expressed desire to have a community picnic in the park on Aug. 24. Food will be served and a rib cook-off is in the plans. Council expressed gratitude for organizing the event.

Approved a fireworks ordinance that would allow fireworks in city limits on two occasions, June 28 through July 8 from the hours of noon-10 p.m. with the exception of the Fourth of July where the hours are extended to 11 p.m. and Dec. 28-Jan.3 from noon-10 p.m. with the extension on Dec. 31 where fireworks can be done until 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 only. The ordinance mirrors Hawarden’s except the date for fireworks in July is July 4 in Hawarden not July 8.