The City of Forest City has had three very successful projects in September, which include the following:

A new shelter has been constructed at the Forest City Aquatic Center. This project was directed by Scott Meinders of the Forest City Rotary Club. Forest City Rotary donated $5,000 for this project, and Scott also wrote and received a grant of $5,000 from the District Rotary Foundation. City Administrator Barb Smith applied for a grant and received $2,000 for picnic tables, benches and trash receptacles. These products were all made from recycled plastic bags. Each picnic table took 25,000 plastic bags to make. City crews helped remove the dirt and drilled holes for footings. Rotary volunteers provided labor for assembling the shelter and poured concrete, with Scott Meinders directing the project. The new shelter was dedicated Monday, September 25th. This very successful project couldn’t have been done without volunteers and a community working together.

The Household Hazardous Waste Day was held Monday, September 25, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Street Shed in Forest City. This event was co-sponsored by the Landfill of North Iowa. Products removed from the waste stream included: paint, used motor oil, anti-freeze, batteries, fluorescent tubes, and household chemicals. In the three hours of this event, 202 citizens participated, with 12,450 lbs. of waste material collected. The City of Forest City thanks the Landfill of North Iowa, city staff, volunteers and the Boy Scouts for their efforts in making this a very successful event.

The Fire Convention was held September 7 – 10 in Forest City. Two years of planning paid off, with a total of 160 communities participating and over 1,850 people registered to attend this event. There was a great parade, contests, and several activities that were enjoyed by all in attendance. We invite all the firefighters to come back to Forest City for the 2027 Fire Convention. I feel Forest City put its best foot forward to showcase the City and its citizens. Thank you to Forest City Fire Chief Mark Johnson and the Forest City Fire Department, as well as the many volunteers and those who attended the convention.

Without volunteers, these three projects and many other events would not possible. Forest City is a close-knit community and, by working together, wonderful things happen.