Isanti receives $120,000 for Community Center improvements

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer and Isanti City Council Member Sue Larson hold the $120,000 check at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting given by the Ruby Johnson trust to be used for Community Center capital improvements. Also pictured are Council Members Adam Johnson, Dan Collison and Steve Lundeen.

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer and Isanti City Council Member Sue Larson hold the $120,000 check at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting given by the Ruby Johnson trust to be used for Community Center capital improvements. Also pictured are Council Members Adam Johnson, Dan Collison and Steve Lundeen. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer presented the Isanti City Council with some exciting news regarding the Isanti Community Center during the Nov. 6 meeting.

Wimmer informed the council the city of Isanti received a $120,000 check from the estate of Ruby Johnson to be used for capital improvements to the Community Center.

Wimmer explained in a letter to the city on behalf of Glenn Johnson and Annabelle Johnson, co-trustees of a trust created by Ruby Johnson on Feb. 17, 2010, and prior to her death on May 6, 2012, one of the purposes of her trust was to make charitable contributions to causes that she believed in.

The letter states the $120,000 will be deposited by the city into a designated fund to be utilized for capital improvements to the Community Center including remodeling and structural improvements, blacktop and more. It is the co-trustees’ further request that the decision making and all such disbursements be made by the city council for the city of Isanti and in its sole discretion.

“Ruby Johnson believed strongly in the benefits that the Isanti Community Center brings to the city in general and to its senior citizens in particular,” Wimmer read from the letter. “She went to the community center very often for senior citizen functions, noon meals and general socializing. She enjoyed and appreciated the time that she spent there and this charitable contribution is a reflection of her appreciation. We know that the city will use this money wisely and we wish you the best in that endeavor.”

Wimmer said the city is grateful for the donation.

“With this donation we will be able to get the Community Center looking the way it should, and will be brought up to date with this fantastic donation,” Wimmer said. “City Council Member Sue Larson has done a fantastic job on the Community Center Task Force.”

Larson explained Johnson loved education and books.

“Discussions regarding this donation began when Ruby was still alive,” Larson said. “The discussions continued after Ruby passed, but she always had a soft spot for senior citizens and senior dining. She would always tell me how important it was to have a community center in town and it was an important part of her social life. Ruby was a wealth of knowledge and had the biggest heart and was the biggest cheerleader for the city of Isanti.”

Larson said the $120,000 will allow for needed improvements.

“This dollar amount will allow us to do some things right away to make the Community Center more marketable,” Larson said.

Wimmer said the city wants the Community Center succeed.

“This donation will allow us to start our work,” Wimmer said. “On behalf of the City Council, we would like to thank the family of Ruby Johnson for what she left us, and this will be used as part of a legacy to keep our Community Center growing strong and to make sure it is here for generations to come.”

Wimmer explained a plaque in Johnson’s honor commemorating the donation will be placed inside the Community Center.

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