Colo’s City Council updated a prior ordinance regarding those who might choose to be vendors when RAGBRAI rolls through Colo on July 25. The council agreed to Colo’s RAGBRAI committee proposal, which states that vendor permits will be sold for $300 to commercial and out-of-town vendors, $150 for in-town vendors and $25 for youth vendors. The committee will also consider any nonprofit entity that serves Colo or Story County as a business based in Colo on July 25. These rates will not affect any permanent businesses in Colo.


The RAGBRAI committee also informed the council that the RAGBRAI route will turn from E41 (Lincoln Highway) south to West Street, turning east down Main Street and turning back north on Fourth Street before returning to E41. Additionally, the theme of Colo’s share of RAGBRAI will feature a dog (for which Colo was named) similar to the popular Where’s Waldo books? The RAGBRAI committee will erect signs throughout Story County, telling bicycle riders how far they are from Colo.


Story County Sheriff’s Office (SCCO) Sergeant Nick Lennie thanked the council, as well as any members of the community who helped with the department’s child abduction training in April. Lennie feels that the SCCO is one of the most-prepared counties in the state, and possibly the nation, for this type of training.


“I think this was not only beneficial to everybody in our office and law enforcement, but to the community as well,” said Lennie.


In library news, Librarian Joanie Jamison told the council about the library’s plans for the Friday of Colo Crossroads Festival (July 6). The library will again crown a prince and princess for the festival, and will also sponsor a Family Fun Night featuring balloon art, a rock-climbing wall, face painting and a bicycle rodeo. Jamison and her staff will again be hosting programs at the library throughout the summer once schools have dismissed for the season.


The next regular Colo City Council meeting will be held June 4, 7 p.m., at Colo City Hall.