Monona Chamber and Economic Development plans search for director
By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
The Monona Chamber and Economic Development Board is moving forward with plans to find a part-time director.
At the city’s July 7 council meeting, mayor Barb Collins said Harold Waterman is taking over on a volunteer basis until someone can be hired. He will then help the new person transition into the job.
“We want to see an energetic person,” said Collins, adding that the position, which will be split between chamber and economic development duties, will not be about sitting in an office. “We need someone to go out and talk to people and businesses.”
Collins also reported that Monona Police Chief Jo Amsden said a rather large fight was recently broken up at the city park. That, coupled with trash around the new playground equipment and reports of kids riding bikes on the equipment, had the council concerned.
Collins asked councilwoman Randee Blietz, who is on the playground committee, if a set of rules has been developed. Blietz said rules have not yet been posted and welcomed suggestions. She said a direct edict from Collins or Amsden calling for the supervision of young kids, picking up trash and leaving the park by 10 p.m. might also be effective. She added that everyone will have to work together to help police the park.
“We might not feel it’s our role to parent, but we, as a community, need to help,” she said.
“We love seeing people there, but it only stays nice if people help out and work together,” Collins added.