HJ - Airport Sculpture

The Clarinda City Council approved placing the sculpture by Vermont artist Charles Ginnever at the airport. The sculpture is one of seven pieces Ginnever has donated to the Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum. (photo courtesy of Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum)

A new sculpture titled “Luna Moth Walk” will soon be on display on the grounds of Clarinda Municipal Airport-Schenck Field.

The Clarinda City Council voted Wednesday, April 11, to approve placing the sculpture by Vermont artist Charles Ginnever at the airport. The sculpture is one of seven pieces Ginnever has donated to the Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum.

Trish Bergren, executive director of the museum, met with the council Wednesday to discuss the donated sculptures. She hopes to place the sculptures in Clarinda or Page County.

“These pieces are going in with the promise they will be permanent. They are movable down the road if something happens,” Bergren said. “All the pieces are free to the city of Clarinda. They are not gifts to Clarinda. They would still be CCAM’s pieces, which mean they ride under our insurance. We cover the pieces. We also take care of all the maintenance and the installation of the pieces.”

Among the other places Bergren has arranged to place a sculpture is the lawn of the Page County Courthouse and at Clarinda Regional Health Center. She is also hoping to place a sculpture at Clarinda High School.

A public hearing was held earlier in the meeting regarding a proposal to enter into a sewer revenue loan and disbursement agreement. The loan was for $920,000 to finance engineering fees associated with the new sewer plant project.

“It’s a 0 percent interest for three years and then they’ll roll it into the note when we get the sewer plant completed. It’s just going to help us cash flow the engineering fees for the initial project,” Clarinda City Manager Gary McClarnon said.

Since no oral or written objections to the loan agreement were presented during the public hearing, the council approved a resolution to proceed with the loan.

Clarinda Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elaine Farwell also met with the council to review the Chamber Commerce events planned for this summer and fall.

Cruzin’ Clarinda is scheduled for Saturday, June 2. Mike Williams discussed the activities for the day and the popularity of the event.

One change Williams requested was to close the west side of the town square in addition to the south and east sides. He said this would eliminate the need to park cars down the middle of the street for the “Show & Shine” event.

Other events include a Back to School Bash, Aug. 30; the 63rd Annual Southwest Iowa Band Jamboree Parade, Sept. 29; the 59th Annual Craft Carnival, Oct. 20; and the 26th Annual Kiwanis Lighted Christmas Parade.

In other business, the council approved a change order for $2,060.96 for the taxilane reconstruction project at the airport. The council then approved the final pay request of $11,623.31 from Crain Construction for the project.

Citywide Cleanup begins today and runs through Saturday, April 21.

The collection site will be located at the Clarinda airport west of the city maintenance shed. The collection site will be open from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

During the event, residents of Clarinda will be able to dispose of a wide variety of items. Those items include furniture, appliances, metal, televisions and other electronic items.

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