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    Iola city officials hope to have the flood-damaged Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park open to the public by summer. REGISTER FILE PHOTO
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    Iola city officials will decide later this month on who will install new flooring in the flood-damaged Recreation Community Building. The aim is to have new flooring and the building reopened to the public by the end of May. REGISTER FILE PHOTOS
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    The Little Theater is above is the gymnasium.

Answers coming soon for rec building

The Iola Register

If all goes well, Iola’s Recreation Community Building at Riverside Park will be ready for the public by early summer.

Iola City Council members are expected to look at bids April 22 to redo the flooring inside the building, which has been closed to the public since it was flooded in October.

From there, Assistant Iola City Administrator Corey Schinstock said, it should take a few weeks to get the flooring installed.

“We should be looking at the end of May,” he said.

Schinstock’s answer was in response to this week’s Ask the Register query from Iolan Jessica Fernandez, who asked when the building will once again be open to the public.

IOLA received a $300,000 insurance settlement to pay for the repairs, plus another $4,000 for furnishing and equipment.

Council members voted in January to pay $3,000 to Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture of Wichita, the same firm that assisted USD 257 with its successful school bond vote, to come up with flooring specifications.

An epoxy-style floor, hopefully impervious to water damage, is the aim.

As Schinstock noted in January, the park’s location and surrounding terrain — the Neosho River is a few yards to the west, and water drainage has been a traditional headache — means more flooding could be a downpour or two away.

“It’s not a matter of if, but when, we’ll get water in that building again,” Schinstock told Council members in January.

Iola city officials will decide later this month on who will install new flooring in the flood-damaged Recreation Community Building. The aim is to have new flooring and the building reopened to the public by the end of May. REGISTER FILE PHOTOS

Aside from lost activities — morning walking and senior-cize classes among them — many of the other Rec Department programs continued at alternate locations.

Rec Department employees have been moved to City Hall until their office flooring can be repaired.

“We appreciate everybody’s cooperation and patience,” Schinstock said. “The schools have been great to work with.”

 

FERNANDEZ also inquired about whether the city paid property taxes or utilities on the Rec Building.

Because the building is city property, it is not subject to property taxes.

The city does pay utilities, as it does on all of its other facilities, which have been minimal while the Rec Building has been closed to the public.

City crews have been able to use the building for temporary storage, Schinstock said.

The Little Theater is above is the gymnasium.

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