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Rippey Community/Public Library Open House Nov. 3, 2013, 3:00-5:00

The Friends of Rippey will be hosting an open house of the facility on Sunday, November 3rd from 3-5:00 P.M. Persons and businesses who contributed to the project, along with members of the Greene County Board of Supervisors, the Rippey Mayor, and Rippey City Council members, current and former Rippey Library trustees, and the current as well as former librarians are invited to attend this celebration.

PRESS RELEASE October 27, 2013

The citizens of the community of Rippey will be celebrating the completion of the building of the community room and the renovation of the former Masonic Lodge Building into the Rippey Community Library at an open house on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 P.M.

This has been a lengthy and arduous process supported by many. The list includes Rippeyites living away from the community and the efforts of the Friends of Rippey, the Rippey Library Board of Trustees, along with the Mayor, and City Council Members.

The Friends of Rippey, a not for profit group of volunteers, was formed in June of 2001.  The group was formed "to develop and encourage educational, social and recreation facilities in Rippey".  The original officers and board members who continue from the 2001 formation include Velda DeMoss, President, Mary Weaver, Vice President, Mary Hick, Secretary, Sharon Ulrich, Treasurer, and Directors Jean Borgeson, Ned Johnston, and Roger Norgren.

Activities completed  by the Friends of Rippey have included: establishment of the Rippey News website, securing funding from Humanities Iowa for" Henry Wallace comes to Rippey", an evening meal and bus trip to Des Moines to view the Christmas lights¸ purchase and erection of two "Welcome to Rippey"signs on Highway 144 at the north and south entrances of the town, painting the shelter house at the Martin Park, erection of playground equipment at the Osborn Park, placement of decorative flags on Main street, building and filling of seasonal planters, and a bus trip during a snow storm to see a play at Hoyt Sherman Theater.

Fundraising for those projects included publishing two cook books, selling note cards with various Rippey scenes, numerous breakfasts, a garden tour, and selling of t shirts.

Funds were generated in 2006 from the Jefferson Area Chamber of Commerce to clean debris and apply crushed rock on the portion of the Galloping Goose Trail within the town. The cleaning was done with the aid of Washington Winners 4-H Club.

Friends of Rippey, when formed, initially expressed a desire to improve the community library and to build a community center, but it was not until September of 2009 when the People's Trust and Savings Bank provided the financial impetus to implement that vision that this became possible. People's Trust and Savings provided funds of $45,000 and two buildings. Following exploration and intensive discussion, it was determined to raze the two buildings, and begin building a new library and community room.

Serendipitously in 2010, the Rippey Masonic Lodge chose to disband and to give their building to the City of Rippey.  Plans were developed, which included razing of the former Squeak's cafe, the building was converted into a library, and the social room of the building was expanded into a 1400 square foot community room.

We are proud of the new kitchen as it is spacious with a new sink, plumbing, cabinets, and appliances. There is a large serving window, as well as a separate window for returning dishes. The cabinet levels and door widths were rebuilt to be compliant for the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The bathrooms, which are shared with the Rippey Library, have been enlarged to include handicapped stalls to accommodate persons using wheelchairs.

A new entrance was completed at the alley for the community room that includes an overhang for ease in unloading people as well as equipment. The room will now accommodate over 100 people, and through a grant from the Greene County Community Foundation and donations newly purchased round tables and very comfortable chairs are now a part of the room.

The floors throughout the building are now "poured" and they will be easily maintained. Two new furnaces were installed including air conditioning. Those, along with a new roof on the entire building, will provide efficient use of energy for the future.

This was truly a community effort with nearly 135 different individuals who have donated $80,000. Some of these were persons who graduated from Rippey High School, or funds were given in memory of former Rippey citizens.  There were nineteen Rippey and Greene County businesses which donated funds for the project. The State of Iowa awarded Friends of Rippey Vision Iowa funding, along with funds generated from the Roy J. Carver Foundation, Trees Forever, Keep Iowa Beautiful, Diamond Vogel Paints, the Greene County Community Foundation, KCCI, and the Central Iowa Regional Library.  The total cost for the project was $266,408.

The architected firm for the project was FEH of Sioux City, Matt Basye primary architect; construction was completed by McConnell Custom Construction, electrical work was completed by Durlam Electric, materials were purchased from the Tri-County Lumber Mart, and the razing of five buildings on the Rippey Main Street was done by Thorp Sawmill.

The Friends of Rippey will be hosting an open house of the facility on Sunday, November 3rd from 3-5:00 P.M.  Persons and businesses who contributed to the project, along with members of the Greene County Board of Supervisors, the Rippey Mayor, and Rippey City Council members, current and former Rippey Library trustees, and the current as well as former librarians are  invited to attend this celebration.

 

 

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