Galva City Council hears pitch for permanent stage in park

Carol Townsend, For The Galva News
Galva Police Chief Kraig Townsend, center, introduced Galva's new officer, Bob Schwartz, left, and Ralph Brown, the new school resource officer, right, at Monday night’s city council meeting. Schwartz, a Dahinda resident, has worked for Knox County, the City of Galesburg and the Quad City Airport. Brown is a seven-year veteran of the Galva department.

The Galva City Council heard a presentation for a permanent stage in Wiley Park and approved to move the old Windish Mill at its August meeting.

John Taylor, leader of the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series, which brought 10 free concerts and approximately 7,000 people this summer to Wiley Park, was present asking the council for a permanent stage in the park. The concerts also helped out 12 non-profit organizations.

Taylor, a Cambridge resident, said the concerts in Galva "exceeded his expectations."

Mayor Rich Nordstrom thanked Taylor and the committee for the concerts.

"They were fantastic for Galva,” Nordstrom said.

Several music series committee members also were present with Taylor to make the pitch for the permanent stage. The group will once again pursue the $25,000 matching grant from the Levitt AMP Foundation to bring the summer concert series back to Galva next year.

Matching money will be needed by mid-March, 2019, to earn the full grant.

Galva resident Michelle Smith, who has worked in marketing for years, volunteered at the council meeting to write letters or contact area businesses to help fund materials for the stage. Several in the community have volunteered their talents to help build the stage and a sun shade over the stage. It was even mentioned the roof could be built first and then a permanent stage the following year.

The council said Greg Peterson, engineer from Bruner, Cooper and Zuck of Galesburg, would need to engineer the project. Mayor Nordstrom said the council will discuss the issue again and hopefully get the project going this fall, rather than waiting until the spring of next year.

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series group purchased a $20,000 sound system with this year’s grant which will be used for concerts in the future. Taylor said there were 75 volunteers for the concerts this summer.

In other business:

n The council unanimously approved for Barnstormers of Gilson to take apart the old Windish Mill downtown Galva at the cost of $20,000. The old mill will be given to Jerry Kuster, who will reconstruct the old mill near his museum of tractors on the east edge of Galva.

The City of Galva was going to tear the building down and then Kuster expressed an interest. It was reported at the meeting that it would probably cost about $15,000 to tear it down, but not much more to have it disassembled. The city will then sell the lot to Dr. Kim Stevens, who plans to build a new veterinary clinic on the site. The City of Galva purchased the mill several years ago.

n The council unanimously awarded the vacant lot at 115 S.W. Seventh St. to John McArthur. McArthur will clean up the lot and keep it mowed for a price of $500.

n The fall Galva Cemetery clean-up will be Oct. 15-19. All items, except statues and solar lights, must be off the graves that families and friends want to save.

n Second ward alderman Rich Volkert said he received information on a grant that would help take some of the dead trees down. He said the city has more than 400 dead trees and the park district has nine.

He reminded residents to please call JULIE before planting any trees in their yards.

n County board member Shawn Kendall of Galva is hoping to get the viaduct west of Galva repaired in the next few years.

n The council approved to divert 50 percent of the gaming tax to a restricted fund that would be used to help purchase a new fire truck. The gaming tax was $1,688 for July.