OSAGE | The city of Osage's deadline in matching fund pledges for a new community day care facility is quickly approaching.

Citizens and organizations have until Thursday, Feb. 15 to fill out a pledge form, stating their contribution, which can be made over a three-year period.

The Osage City Council pledged up to $750,000 to the project, as a 2-to-1 match offered to the residents of Osage.

"People do not have to give the money at this time," Osage Community Daycare Director Shelley Parks said. "They can decide when they will give the money, which can be up to three years."

Parks said $93,806.42 was still needed to receive the city's full matching amount.

"We do have plans ready for the building," Parks said. "We are currently working with the school on signing a lease agreement for the land.

"There are cones placed in the northwest corner of the school grounds (at Lincoln Elementary), where the building will be."

Parks said she and the day care board were thankful for the school leasing the land for the day care.

"The school has collaborated with us on this project but will not contributing any funds to build, maintain or operate this facility," Parks said.

The day care board is also working with WWA architects of Mason City on finalizing plans for bidding the project.

Parks said bids will be taken in February, with ground breaking planned for May. Plans call for the building to be completed by December.

"This (facility) is  just really essential to economic growth," Parks said. "We will be able to serve so many more families here in Mitchell County."

Those wishing to make a donation or pick up a pledge form can stop between the hours of 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday, at the day care, 915 Pine Street.

For questions or request a form, contact Parks at ocd@osage.net , call 641-732-3992 or visit the Osage Community Daycare Facebook page.

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