The Colo City Council approved an estimate of $59,500 for renovation of the outside of the city’s Community Center structure Monday night. City Clerk Amy Kowhles mentioned that blueprints were recently found and this will be the first time since the late 1970s that any renovations have been made to the outside of the building.


The council also directed Kowhles to send a letter to residents, informing them that the city will be ensuring all residents adhere to the recently approved sump pump ordinance.


Monday was also the first time that new Story County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jordan Lentz attended a council meeting. Lentz recently graduated from the police academy and was previously employed at the Story County Jail.


During committee reports, Fire Chief Dennis Clatt said that medical calls for the Colo Fire Department have been up in recent weeks, usually requiring three to six personnel to respond, especially when the call involves a vehicle on local roadways.


Librarian Joanie Jamison made the council aware of all the events the library will be hosting this month. Coffee and Conversations on July 13 (10 a.m.) will feature a guest from the Iowa State Fair, who will detail what will be new at the Fair in August, while at Thursday’s Music and Muffins, some local Girl Scouts will be performing campfire songs to earn singing badges. On July 19 at 9:30 a.m., local singer Randy Weir will perform to honor long-time library employee Jane Coughenour. Jamison also mentioned that the library will be closed on the 4th, 7th, and 25th of this month.


In other news, Story County Supervisor Lauris Olson made a presentation to the council regarding a potential housing grant program to municipalities from the county using a portion of TIF (Tax Increment Financing) dollars from the county’s wind turbines. Olson is seeking feedback from Colo and other city councils to ascertain if the county’s current plan needs any changes to attract more realty activity to the county.