BREMER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY November 14, 2017
The Bremer County Historical Board met Tuesday at 7 PM at the museum building. Nine board members were present: Mackamul, Hoffman, Hoodjer, Heinemann, Meyer, Drenkow, Blanchard, Robinson, and Magnall. Two absent: Everding and Buls.
Guests: Fran Mueller, Steve & Pam Egli, Andrew Bell & Larry Kurtz.
Curator’s Report: Heinemann reported that Hunter Johansen from Tripoli is an UNI intern that will be working on the Past Perfect program. Peggy Hamilton is in charge of the Christmas Window for this year. She is working on a window on the east side of town. Peggy, Jan, and Kathy are in charge of putting up the Christmas tree at Wartburg this year.
Board Member Election: Blanchard made the motion to elect Fran Mueller to the board. Magnall made the second. All approved. Steve & Pam are prospective board members.
Building: Drenkow reported that he talked to Dave Heuser. The value of the property as a cleared lot would be 250,000. The assessor listing is $150,000.
Robinson talked with Mehmen about the restaurant building. They want to sell it as a business.
Andrew Bell & Larry Kurtz spoke to Pete’s Construction. A 40 ft. x 50 ft. addition to the museum of a single story would be approx. $200-250,000 for the main floor. Basement and design fees included would end up at a million. $30-60,000 for demolition of Albrect Wing. With a 2nd story it would be closer to $1.6 million.
Amperage Marketing: Drenkow discussed looking into an Implementation Plan since we have completed the Strategic Planning. Also, a professional plan for marketing. If this is not successful, raising big money is not going to work. Ranking pressing needs was discussed. Robinson suggested we authorize Amperage Marketing to make a proposal.
Rotary: Drenkow reported that after his presentation to the Rotary, comments were not optimistic about the museum bldg. New displays would bring people in. Blanchard reported that Opening Events for new displays has worked for the CF Historical Society.
Guest Comments: Andrew Bell told about future plans of renovating the Farmer’s Exchange Bldg. so it could hold Farmers Market and the museum could have a display cabinet there. Steve Egli spoke about the museum being a gem. The cabin room and Albrecht Wing are his favorites. He told the board that we should not destroy what we have, but grow on reaching out.
Minutes from the October 7th meeting were approved by Robinson and seconded by Blanchard. Motion passed. Treasurer’s Report was read by Hoffman. Balance in checking account is $13,886.42. Heinemann made the motion to approve. Mueller made the 2nd. Motion passed.
Gutter Project: Mackamul reported the gutter has been ordered, but has not come in yet. Water Pipe: Drenkow told he found out the 3” was too much. He made the decision to go back to the 1” pipe. Past Perfect Upgrade: Will be discussed in Dec. Amazon Smiles: Blanchard encouraged board members to use it.
K-12 History: Hoodjer talked about busing from other towns than Waverly. Mackamul will check to see if United Way would cover trips from Tripoli Schools. He also would like to see the Society reach out for the whole county more. Hoffman suggested doing something when each town has their celebrations.
Collections: A motion was made to approve the purchase of an external hard drive for storing digitized photos from the museum on by Hoodjer. Robinson made the second. All approved.
Next meeting will be December 12th at 7 PM at Drenkow’s office. Motion was made by Blanchard and seconded by Robinson to adjourn at 8:31 PM.