City Council discusses city logo, public library bonds

Ted Sics

The Ames City Council met yesterday to discuss the city logo, bonds for the public library and several other items.

Mayor Ann Campbell, along with representatives of the Ames Youth and Shelter Services, began the meeting by naming September 2011 as Addiction and Recovery Month.

Three Ames property owners received Crime-Free Housing Certificates for completing training intended to ensure the safety of their tenants.

Chandra Peterson, executive director of Campustown Action Association, reviewed the organization’s recent activities.

“Summerfest was absolutely amazing,” Peterson said. “A lot of business were thrilled with the outcome.”

Plans are currently being made for Summerfest 2012, which is scheduled for June 9.

“We’re hoping to make it bigger and better,” Peterson said.

The council approved a series of requests from the Octagon Center for the Arts for its Sept. 25 art festival, including fee waivers for electricity use and vending licenses.

Following a discussion of several different options for a new city logo and tagline, as well as the public’s negative reactions to both items, the council voted for the development of a new tagline and five new logos to be reviewed at a later date.

The council approved proposed landcaping on the south parking lot of the complex of the North Grand Mall.

Next, the council approved a contribution of $135,000 toward the purchase of new playground equipment for Ames elemetary schools as well as the Early Childhood Center.

Similarly, the council approved bonds for the Ames Public Library and the Mary Greeley Medical Cener, to be used for expansion, renovation and new equipment.

The council voted to award a $143,559.75 contract to Great Plains Pipe and Structures of Des Moines for the replacement of the water main on South Duff Ave.