Plans discussed for decision on Ames Public Library and Summerfest


Ethan Crane / Iowa State Daily

Tom Wacha, Jeremy Davis, Matthew Goodman, Steven Schainker, Mayor Ann Campbell, Jami Larson, Victoria Szopinski, Peter Orazem and Sawyer Baker at the Ames City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Alexander Furman

Ames City Council met on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, to discuss what will happen with the Ames Public Library, passing a hearing to improve the Cyride routes, approving Summerfest 2013 and adding a sculpture to the lawn by Morrill Hall.

Director of the Campustown Action Association Kim Hannah spoke to council members requesting things for Summerfest including beer permits and street closures; this is in preparation for the third annual event held in Campustown.

Included in the festivities this year will be a 5k run from noon to 9 p.m., local bands and a “beer garden.” Citizens can go to to sign up for the 5k.

The Ames Public Library, located on 620 Lincoln Way, has been recently having some growing pains. There was debate on what to with the historical site, being over 100 years old.

The Board of Trustees for the Ames Public Library asked for guidance and what exactly should be done, either to restore the features of the building, or replace them.

It was also considered to bring in a historic treatment specialist to determine whether the windows, skylight and stones are enough to make it eligible for it to be a part of the historic locations national register.

Certain windows in the library date as far back as 1907, so the building is possibly eligible for national recognition.

The issue of indecision was caused by the fact of replacing the windows is currently cost neutral. Even if the features of the library are kept, it is no guarantee that they will be placed on the national registry, and thus not receiving a special 25 percent tax break from the state for expenses.

Besides indecision about the public library, the City Council also decided unanimously to pass a motion for Cyride route paving improvements from Lincoln Way to Franklin Avenue to Hayward Avenue.

A sculpture was presented by the Intermodal Facility in Ames to be purchased by artist William King to be placed at Morrill Hall. The motion was also passed.

Other events to be heard included plans for downtown street pavement improvements starting in May, plans for Oktoberfest, which is hosted by the Ames Main Street Cultural District in October, and plans to revise the water rationing plans in case of droughts in the future.