DEWITT — As planning for RAGBRAI’s go to to DeWitt on July 30 continues to chug on, prices could accumulate.
The DeWitt Metropolis Council on Feb. 15 agreed to permit the town to eat these prices and be reimbursed later. DeWitt Metropolis Administrator Steve Lindner mentioned the town can be reimbursed for bills as soon as cash from the Register’s Annual Nice Bicycle Trip Throughout Iowa, together with a $15,000 overnight-hosting stipend, and revenues from the precise occasion, are available.
Lindner mentioned as the prices come to mild, the council would be told “so everyone seems to be conscious.”
Metropolis officers — specifically Lindner and DeWitt Chamber and Improvement Co. Government Director Angela Rheingans – are within the strategy of organizing volunteer committees to assist develop the town’s plan to host RAGBRAI, the cross-state bike journey that may come via DeWitt by means of Misplaced Nation and Calamus.
Charlotte and Goose Lake are additionally alongside the deliberate RAGBRAI route. The planning course of, which incorporates the coordination of tons of of volunteers, should go on, Lindner mentioned.
We’re going to incur some prices … the RAGBRAI occasion is sure to make (us) fairly a bit of cash to repay ourselves, however we’ve got a timing downside,” Lindner mentioned. “We received’t have money coming in till almost certainly this summer season as we begin to promote some permits, after which on the precise date of the occasion we’re sure to take advantage of cash.”
Lindner mentioned the $15,000 from RAGBRAI — the arrival of which has not been decided — won’t cowl all the town’s bills, Lindner mentioned.
“That features deposits for bands, drinks, and tools,” Lindner mentioned. “Deanna (Rekemeyer, the town’s finance director) will maintain detailed notes of all of these and can make sure that we request reimbursement for all of them.”
DeWitt’s internet hosting of RAGBRAI hinges on the standing of the COVID-19 pandemic. RAGBRAI officers are anticipated to announce whether or not the 2021 rendition of the journey will go on as deliberate — or be postponed to 2022 — in March. DeWitt is locked in to host the journey’s penultimate cease even whether it is postponed. It might mark RAGBRAI’s first in a single day cease in DeWitt.
Nick Joos is the DeWitt Observer’s information editor.