good to jordan

A letter from Good to Jordan — a dispute over a calf

I can tell by reading the Save the Maplenol Dairy Barn Facebook page that there are still questions about the barn’s location, from folks out of state, and from neighboring towns. The Maplenol Dairy Barn was moved about a year ago to a location on Valley E-Free Church property. My last contact with church staff indicated that the barn would not ever be open for development and public involvement, but used as a barn to store lawn equipment that supports the UpWard sports program. To view the barn, you can drive by or park at the church near Mills Civic Pkwy. and Fuller Rd. — it is currently obscured (for the most part) by a large pile of dirt as the church prepares to build a large, new shiny community center.

I also want to write about developments with the City of West Des Moines. It is preparing to hold a public question and answer session on June 19, 2012. Full official information is on this document located here:

This will be a time to learn about Certified Local Government Program (CLG Program), what the program aims to do and how it can help a city’s residents and businesses. I asked a local (Des Moinesian) professional with CLG experience (in Des Moines and other towns) to write something over at Save the Barn, and you can read it here:

Other cities with a CLG Program are widely distributed through the state, of different sizes and histories, and varying degrees of involvement. I profiled Centerville as one example. West Des Moines could potentially join the company of over 100 cities with a CLG Program, including Iowa Falls, Mason City, Dubuque, Des Moines, Davenport, Ames, Council Bluffs, and Ottumwa (source). A CLG Program in my opinion would benefit our City, encouraging the view that historic properties have value, and our property owners. The CLG Program would create a preservation committee to serve as a local pointman for information on tax credits for historic preservation, listing a property with the National Register of Historic Places, and learning about state and national grant monies.