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Legion Auxiliary asks for updates to Memorial Building kitchen

April 20, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Members of the Traer American Legion Auxiliary attended a recent City Council meeting on Monday, April 2 to ask the City to consider updating the electrical work and kitchen appliances to update the facility, with the council agreeing to look into costs.

"I believe it's been over 50 years since the Memorial Building was built and it hasn't been updated," Diane Owens said. "We are not even able to plug a coffee pot and a roaster into the same wall practically and the appliances, stoves are in really bad shape. If you don't want to gut it out completely, we should at least try to do the wiring and the appliances."

Owens also detailed leaks in the roof, discolored ceiling and bad flooring. The Legion Auxiliary offered to go in on any work done to the kitchen, but estimates only having $2,000 to $3,000 to donate and the local Legion chapter would also be willing to contribute.

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"Something that would help us is to have a a priority list of things you would like done to what absolutely has to be done," Mayor Peter Holden said.

Plans has previously been considered to update the building, but City Clerk Jon Panfil stated that over the years the city has mainly "fixed things that have broke and needed to be fixed" and also confirmed several of issues Owens related.

"We've had events like graduations in there and you want to have three or four roasters in there, but you can't do it because you'd pop the circuits," Panfil said.

Local professionals will inspect the electrical work to see what issues there are and consider what is truly needed for the kitchen space. New cooking ranges was proposed by Panfil, which two ranges would cost the same amount as an "in wall" ovens, according to a company in Waterloo Panfil has been in contact with.

"The island in the kitchen could use a new countertop and the serving area as well," Panfil said. "If we could do all that, it would be a good start. The flooring will need to be something we looked at. If we are going to do something, I'd like get a grant request in to the community foundation before the end of the April for one or two of those ranges."

Inspections and estimates will take place within the next several weeks before any purchases are considered for approval. All outlets will be looked over to see if they work.

"It would be nice to gut and renovate everything, but a little work here and there would be enough to make the kitchen usable again," Owens said. "After 55 years, we just want the city to look into it."



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