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6/12/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Check out what's happening in Charlotte

By Jennifer Reed Murrell

With summer vacation under way, several recreational committees reported strong health during the Tuesday, June 4, meeting of the Charlotte City Council.

Erin and Tony Meyermann provided news on the city's Deep Creek Campground, noting a shower presently is being installed off the park bathroom facility.

"A couple night's work and we'll be done," Tony Meyermann said.

The bathrooms at the park currently are locked until work is complete on the shower.

Erin Meyermann reported the last of the fire pits were purchased, and each campsite has its own contained fire pit as well as full hook-up.

Campground committee members noted some campers have not been willing to pay when required, and the committee looks to erect a sign reminding campers of the payment rules.

Despite late payers, a rainy spring and a flood, the committee reported gross earnings since Jan. 1 of $2,558. "That's for really only two good months of camping," Erin Meyermann said. "I think that's pretty good."

Rhonda Marlowe reported on the positive efforts of the Charlotte playground committee to purchase new equipment for the playground, most of which was installed May 18.

The committee has three additional pieces of equipment it hopes to purchase. "We're still taking donations," Marlowe said, adding the committee continues its fundraising through the summer. "I'm hoping by fall we can have the last objects in."

Mike Jensen reported on behalf of Citizens for Charlotte, the local group leasing the Charlotte Area Activity Center (CAAC) and provided an update on the upcoming Charlotte Days celebration, Aug. 16-18.

Jensen stated this weekend's mud bog and tractor pull in Miles serves as a good preview for what will occur in Charlotte in August.

Friday, Aug. 16, the celebration begins with a movie in the park. A variety of organizations will sell food items like popcorn, snow cones and bottled water.

Saturday, Aug. 17, will feature a car show, parade and duck race in addition to a chainsaw artist, ponies and inflatables.

Sunday, the celebration concludes with the Deep Creek Splash & Dash 5K in which observers will have squirt guns to cool off runners and walkers.

A representative from the Deep Creek Runners and Walkers group announced a 5K run/walk training program will begin Tuesday, June 11, at 6 a.m. at the CAAC to prepare people for the August 5K.

New faces, new roles

The council was presented with several staff changes including new city clerk/treasurer, Savannah Sieren, who replaced previous city clerk Laurie Ganzer.

The council discussed having an audit done to protect the city and Ganzer. Although she encouraged them to do so, Ganzer warned the cost of such typically is over $6,000.

Council members also met the new head of the city maintenance department, Peg Myer who moved to Charlotte two years ago. Prior to this move, she worked 15 years in the maintenance department of Fort Dodge Animal Health.

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