Isanti discusses future of Community Center

The future of the Isanti Community Center continues to be discussed by the Isanti City Council.

During the July 16 meeting, City Council Member Sue Larson said $636 in fundraising was raised for the Isanti Community Center in 2012 and $2,301 more has been collected so far in 2013.

Members of Isanti Cub Scout Troop 523 were presented with the 2013 Jubilee Parade Mayor’s Choice Trophy by Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (far right) during the July 16 council meeting. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Members of Isanti Cub Scout Troop 523 were presented with the 2013 Jubilee Parade Mayor’s Choice Trophy by Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (far right) during the July 16 council meeting. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Larson also mentioned 462 signatures have been collected on a petition that asks residents if they would support a small tax increase to fund needed improvements for the community center. The goal is to collect 1,201 signatures from city residents, indicating they would support funding for the community center.

“There seems to be quite a bit of support and interest out there for the community center,” Larson said. “We have a lot of ideas going on for fundraising.”

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer said the entire council wants to see the community center remain open, but funding it is still an issue. The sprinkler system is the most immediate need for the community center, with an estimated cost of $34,000.

“If all the organizations pay some rate to use it, hopefully we can keep the community center open and get some funding to fix things,” Wimmer said. “I think this can be one way we can keep this moving forward.”

Wimmer said the council can’t promise the community center will stay open, but he said he’s willing to meet with community organizations.

“One way to keep the community center open is if everyone pays a little into it,” Wimmer said. “We can work with all the different groups that use it to figure out a decent rate.”

Larson reminded the council when the community center needed a new roof, community members helped make it happen.

“There are people in the community who can step up to the plate and assist us with the needs for the community center,” Larson said. “We have a good marketing plan designed and are doing some marketing of the community center. We are also continuing to look at various fundraising ideas.”

As for the petition, Larson said, with the July 4 holiday and the recent Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Days celebration, it’s been hard to catch people at home to collect signatures.

Rum River BMX Special Events

Special event permits were approved for three different events taking place at the Rum River BMX track in Isanti.

Planning and Parks Director Lisa Wilson explained the group will be hosting the Minnesota State Championship BMX Race from 5-10 p.m. July 26 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 27.

An estimated 3,000 people will be in attendance for the events, and camping will be allowed on the grounds. Isanti Parkway will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27 to help minimize potential traffic conflicts in the area.

The group will also be hosting the BMX National Pre-Race Aug. 30-31. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 30 and continue into the evening hours of Aug. 31. Approximately 1,500 will be in attendance, and camping will be allowed on site.

The final request was regarding the Land O’ Lakes BMX National Racing event Sept. 5-8. The event will run from noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 5, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6-8.

Approximately 7,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the four-day event, and camping will be allowed on site. Isanti Parkway will be closed from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 6, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8.

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