Elma, Iowa

Elma Community Complex Project

Re-purposing Elma Elementary Bldg.

We are excited about the next major project in Elma - Elma Community Complex.  (See diagram below for artist's rendering of the project).

The Elma Community Complex will allow for the following to happen in a centralized location:

  • City Clerk's Office
  • Elma Public Library—The new location will provide additional space, large room for programming, all areas will be handicap accessible, and it will be in close proximity to day care, bus stop and park.
  • The multi-purpose room with kitchen will serve the needs of library programs, city council meetings, location for family gatherings, meetings, etc. and an indoor play space for day care.  Capacity is approx. 50 people. 
  • Regional Health Services of Howard County Clinic will provide family care services to include physicals, acute visits, lab services, and well child checks.  Exploring options for on-site medication availability. 
  • The Elma Early Childhood Center will be able to serve more infants with the addition and more efficiently serve the needs of children in 3 year old preschool.

 

Estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million. 

Proposed funding sources-

            CDBG grant - $600,000

            Private grants - $300,000

            Businesses, individuals and other contributions - $600,000

 

The CDBG grant is due April 19, 2019.  We need to have matching money committed by April 8, 2019. 

If we are not able to raise the funds needed and/or we do not get the CDBG grant, all donations will be returned. 

 

All size donations are welcome and appreciated. 

Donation Levels

Platinum - $50,000 -  Eligible for naming rights on buildings.

Diamond - $25,000 -  Eligible for naming rights on rooms/areas.

Gold -  $10,000 -  Eligible to sponsor a mural window covering on brick school building that will be removed and incorporated into Complex. 

Silver - $5,000 -  Eligible to have name on a patio paver incorporated into sidewalks at building entrances.
Bronze - $1,000 -  All donors of $1000 or more will receive an Elma School Building commemorative brick. 

Supporter - Donations of less than $1000.

 Commemorative Brick

Below is a link to a brochure and donation form.

 

Frequently Asked Questions & Updates

 

History

The Elma Elementary School closed in 2015 and the school property was given to the City of Elma at that time. The non-profit day care continues to operate in the new portion of the building and one of the classrooms in the former school building under a lease with the City.  The City Clerk's office has been moved into the old portion of the school building. The City has explored potential uses for the property. Keeping the day care and providing them with more space for the infant room was of utmost importance. Could the old section of the school be re-purposed at an acceptable cost was a critical factor also. The Elma community was approached by Regional Health Services of Howard County wanting to explore locating a medical clinic in town. The Elma Public Library was wanting more space.

 

The City formed a school building committee to look into the possibilities and report back to them. A study of several options was performed by an architect and mechanical engineer. After extensive research and discussion, the committee presented 3 options to the City and community. Two seemed to stick. One option included keeping the old section of the school and the other option did not. Finally the decision was made not to use the old portion of the school. There were two main reasons. First, when renovating an old building it is difficult to get a cost estimate because you never know what you might run into. Secondly, there is no guarantee on the on-going efficiency of a renovated 2-story school building.

 

The City Council directed the committee run with the option that puts an addition onto the day care, renovates the gymnasium into a library, multi-purpose room and City Clerk's office, and build a new medical clinic building south of the gym. The old section of the school would be demolished.

 

Having all of these services in one location will benefit everyone. The Howard-Winn bus and a private Riceville bus stop at the day care. Usage of the library will increase because of the proximity to the day care and bus-stop. Children need medical services. The day care needs more space for infants and the 3 year old pre-school program. The multi-purpose room with a kitchen will be used by the day care, library and community.  

CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATED INFORMATION AS THE PROJECT PROGRESSES!

2/28/2019 - News Release

 Peoples Savings Bank ECC Project donation

Picture caption:  Peoples Savings Bank recently committed $40,000 towards the Elma Community Complex.  Pictured are committee members Renee Burke, Elma Public Library Director; Shannon Gebel, Elma City Clerk; Kayla Kraft, Elma Early Childhood Center Director; Kyle Teeling, Vice President at Regional Health Services of Howard County; Erin Ludwig, committee member and Bruce Weigel, President of Peoples Savings Bank.  

 Fundraising has begun for Elma Community Complex

Fundraising for the Elma Community Complex has begun!  The Elma Community Complex involves putting four nonprofit entities on the same campus, which was the former Elma school and is now owned by the City of Elma.   Plans are to renovate the current gymnasium into a public library, city Clerk's office and multi-purpose room with a full kitchen.  An addition to the Elma Early Childhood Center is also being planned for an infant room.  The current infant room will be repurposed into a classroom for three year old preschool.  Regional Health Services of Howard County will furnish and operate the clinic building being built on the same campus, south of the gymnasium. 

 Estimated cost of the project is $1.5 million.  Proposed funding sources include Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and other grants and contributions from other individuals and businesses.   Fundraising recently began.  The CDBG grant is for $600,000 and is due April 19th and matching money needs to be committed.

 "We currently have $170,000 committed to the project," shared Bruce Weigel, committee member and President of Peoples Savings Bank.  "This is a big project for us and we have a long ways to go.  Over the years we have accomplished several big projects by working with others such as the bike trail, Memorial Hall renovations, Wellness Center, and building of the daycare.  We are hopeful to have $600,000 committed by early April when we can apply for the CDBG Grant, but we need to have matching money committed." 

 Several fundraisers are being done to benefit the cause including a Fish Fry on March 22 at the Elma Memorial Hall.  There will be an Ice Cream Social on June 9th.  Plans are also underway for an All School Reunion during the Old Roundhouse Trail Days July 12, 13, 14th, 2019.

The City of Elma is currently accepting donations and pledges towards the project. All sized donations are appreciated.  For more information contact any of the committee members:  Shannon Gebel, Renee Burke, Kayla Kraft, Kyle Teeling, Erin Ludwig, and Bruce Weigel; go to www.elmaia.com/ecc-project; or call the City Clerk at 641-393-2543. 

3/8/2019 News Release:  Fish Fry in Elma on March 22nd Benefiting Elma Community Complex

An "All you Can Eat" Fish Fry is scheduled for Friday, March 22nd in Elma from 5-7:30pm at the Elma Memorial Hall.  It is a fundraiser for the Elma Community Complex project. The Elma Community Complex involves putting four nonprofit entities on the same campus, which was the former Elma school and is now owned by the City of Elma.   Plans are to renovate the current gymnasium into a public library, city Clerk's office and multi-purpose room with a full kitchen.  An addition to the Elma Early Childhood Center is also being planned for an infant room.  The current infant room will be repurposed into a classroom for three year old preschool.  Regional Health Services of Howard County will furnish and operate the clinic building being built on the same campus, south of the gymnasium. 

 The City of Elma is currently accepting donations and pledges towards the project. All sized donations are appreciated.  For more information contact any of the committee members:  Shannon Gebel, Renee Burke, Kayla Kraft, Kyle Teeling, Erin Ludwig, and Bruce Weigel; go to www.elmaia.com/ecc-project; or call the City Clerk at 641-393-2543. 

NEWS Release March 12, 2019

Attention Farmers:

If you are interested in donating towards the City of Elma-Elma Community Complex (ECC) project with a gift of corn, we have been blessed with an opportunity to maximize your donation. KMAX Farms will donate an extra 10 cents per bushel of corn towards the ECC project.  (See details in box below)

We are also grateful for donations of beans.  An account has been set up at IAS in Elma.  (see details in box below)Corn donation

Grain donations

4/1/2019 News Release- All you can eat taco bar fundraiser, Friday May 3rd 5:00-7:30 p.m. Elma Memorial Hall.  (Details on flyer)

Taco Bar

4/5/2019 News Release-We are very appreciative of these veteran's service as well as their recent donation to the ECC Project.  Thank you American Legion John Frahm Post 597 for your $1000 donation!

American Legion donation

 

4/10/2019 News Release-

Elma Notecards and Magnets Available For Sale!

The ECC Fundraising Committee is selling a variety of Elma Magnets.  They are $2 Each.  They are also selling blank note cards featuring various pictures of historic Elma on the outside.  5 different cards and envelopes in each bundle for $5.  Note Cards and magnets are available at Peoples Savings Bank and Elma City Clerk's office.  They can also be mailed out by contacting the Elma City Clerk at 641-393-2543.  

                                      Elma Note Cards   

4/10/2019 News Release-Fundraising Update!

$414,387 has been committed to the project thus far!  The committee began fundraising in February of 2019 for the 1.5 million dollar project and is applying for a variety of grants.  Donations of all sizes are appreciated and can be mailed to the City of Elma PO Box 497, Elma IA 50628.

Committments as of April 5

4/30/2019 News Release-Andy Sinnwell is Painting Former Elma School Building

Andy Sinnwell, a native of Alta Vista, is being commissioned to paint a picture of the former Elma School.  As a professional artist for over 25 years he has worked with a variety of mediums but is most notably known for his ability to paint wildlife.  Andy has won several awards and has been featured in publications such as Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, the Des Moines Register and in many newspapers and on television programs.

Andy has already completed 3 prints for the Elma community - Night in the Park, The 910 at Elma (train depot and train), and Elma Iowa 125 Years.  "We are thrilled that Andy is willing to paint the school building, a place where many have memories.  Andy's paintings are filled with detail and we are excited to see what he comes up with for this project," shared Renee Burke, Elma Community Complex committee member, Library Director and Elma Elementary alum.  Plans are for prints to be available for sale by Old Roundhouse Trail Days, July 12, 13 and 134th.  It is one of the fundraisers being held for the Elma Community Complex.

The Elma City Council approved a resolution on Monday, April 8th agreeing to submit a $600,000 CDBG grant application to the State. Grant recipients will be announced this coming June. The Mayor and City Council reiterated that no City tax dollars will be  used for this project.  Thus far, the committee has over $428,000 committed towards the project.    The ECC committee is continuing to fund raise and planning a  Cinco De Mayo All-You-Can-Eat Tacos Meal to be held on May 3rd at the Elma Memorial Hall and also plans to have a concession stand at Alta Vista's 125th celebration on May 31st and June 1st.

Artist Andy Sinwell with ECC Committe members

Artist Andy Sinwell with ECC Committee members Erin Ludwig, Renee Burke & Shannon Gebel.

5/22/2019 News Release-Upcoming fund-raising activities include an Ice Cream Social on June 9th (see flyer below) at the outdoor classroom shelter on the former school grounds and several events for the All School Reunion during Old Roundhouse Trail Day July 12-12-14 (see these at Trail Day Schedule)

 

                                         

 

 

 

 

 

Brochure ECC Donation Form

Auction of former Elma School items

Mark your calendars for the sale of contents of the former Elma School!  Auction of these items will be Saturday, July 20th beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Frank Fox will be the auctioneer.  All are welcome to view auction items at Old Roundhouse Trail Days during Trivia Night , 6:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, July 12th and during the School Open House 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13th.  For more information, please call the Elma City Clerk's Office at 641-393-2543.

Frank Fox Auction-Elma School contents

NEW Sinnwell School Print

NEW Sinnwell School Print Years of Education at Elma, 1929-2019

Andy Sinnwell recently completed "Years of Education in Elma, 1929-2019", a painting of the Elma public school.  A limited number of prints are being sold as a fundraiser for the Elma Community Complex project.  The finished prints will be approximately 10" tall X 14" wide (If purchased matted & framed, the approximate total size will be 19" X 22.5").  All prints are signed and numbered.  Please see the order form below for more details or to place your order.

Sinnwell School Print order form

DNR Derelict Building Grant

The City of Elma was recently awarded the DNR Derelict Building Grant in the amount of $71,375.00  This grant is awarded to small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures and to remove asbestos, as an effort to limit construction/demolition materials going to landfills.  The City of Elma will use these grant funds to inspect & abate asbestos, and deconstruct the abandoned former school building.  The City of Elma plans to redevelop the site to feature a community center housing the public library, City Clerk's Office, a non-profit day care and regional health services clinic.

Quilt Raffle

Quilt Raffle

The Elma Community Complex Project is raffling off a 60" X 71" quilt made of former Elma School t-shirts.  The quilt was made by Callie Weigel, with shirts donated from Callie, former Elma Teacher Denise Shekleton & former Elma School Secretary Connie Ludwig.  The quilt was displayed at the May 3rd Cinco De Mayo event, the  June 9th Ice Cream Social, will be at the School Building Open House on July 13th and is currently on display at Peoples Savings Bank until then.  Raffle tickets are $5.00 each or five for $20 and may be purchased at Peoples Savings Bank or the Elma City Clerk's Office, as well as at the Elma Park during Old Roundhouse Trail Days July 12th & 13th.  The quilt raffle drawing will take place at the upcoming auction of school building contents on July 20th.

Trivia Night

An Elma-Area History "Trivia Night" will be held in the former Elma School building as a part of this year's Old Roundhouse Trail Days.  The event is part of the All School Reunion activities and will be a fundraiser for the Elma Community Complex Project.  Details of the event are included on the form attached here.  Taking registration now for your 6-8 member teams, don't miss out on this fun activity!  Test your area knowledge!

Trivia Night details
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