City to decide creek’s fate

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December 6, 2019 - 10:27 PM

Iola City Council members will decide Monday whether Coon Creek should keep its name or revert to its original moniker, Small Creek.

Council members were asked last month to approve the name change by Iola teen Allie Utley, who unearthed old newspaper clippings noting the Coon Creek name originated around the start of the 20th century, after an influx of African-American families began moving into the neighborhood.

Council members wanted to hear from others in the community before deciding.

Also on the agenda are discussions on year-end budget transfers, cereal malt beverage license renewals for 2020 and a request from Iola Industries to re-plat the old Tramec Sloan property.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be in the New Community Building at Riverside Park and is open to the public.

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