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Ray Rannfeldt

January 14, 2018
Reinbeck Courier

Dear Editor,

What can our city do to ensure our Main Street keeps all of its store fronts full? Remember, our Main Street is the face of our community. Also reflect on how so many towns have lost their Main Street and now appear to be dead to anyone that travels through them or considers them that town for their home. When stores begin to be boarded because they are no longer financially viable or because no one wants to buy them, what does it say about the vitality of our city? As I look at stores on our Main Street, I see Nana Rosa's for sale, the old Fountain on Main empty soon, the 405 for sale in the recent past and others having the potential to be for sale or close. Will would-be residents want to move to a town where what they need to buy cannot be bought because stores providing those items have closed? Maybe we should use the $180,000.00 promised to the day care expansion to entice new businesses to our Main Street or financially support those remaining on Main Street in the short term. And don't forget we need to budget such that our city assets continue to be functional and effective instead of cutting budgets so we can give away that money. We have some new members on our City Council now. Maybe they will see the reasoning behind using our tax dollars for better things than expanding the day care facility.


Ray Rannfeldt



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