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Local officials stress volunteerism with RAGBRAI

May 2—OTTUMWA — If the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is true, then so is one other adage:

It takes volunteers to run the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

Volunteerism towards the occasion was a part of a prolonged dialogue throughout Tuesday’s Wapello County Board of Supervisors assembly on the courthouse. Marc Roe, a member of the manager staff for Ottumwa RAGBRAI 2024, gave an replace on the place the group is at simply over two months earlier than bicyclists experience their means into the group.

On the same word, supervisor Brian Morgan, who took a number one function within the course of when RAGBRAI got here by means of Ottumwa eight years in the past, stated the extra folks give of their time to the occasion, the higher it’s.

“I think it’s important to know that with a lot of these different things that go in our communities, it’s volunteer groups. It’s not necessarily the city’s doing. The city may be supporting it,” Morgan stated. “It’s Eldon RAGBRAI, Agency RAGBRAI, and all these are set up by groups of volunteers and donors to put this stuff in.”

Morgan famous his involvement with Oktoberfest. The metropolis helps with the parade, he stated, however principally, it is volunteer pushed.

“It’s not a city event, but everything that goes into it is volunteer hours,” he stated. “We have minimal sponsorships that we actually take on. It’s important that it gets out there in some of these areas, it’s done by groups of volunteers and nonprofit organizations, and they’re trying to do things for the good and make things better.”

Roe stated he anticipated about $250,000 in bills for the someday (July 25) that riders might be in Ottumwa. The RAGBRAI committee put collectively a price range, and it was helped by carryover cash from the earlier keep in 2016. The hope is to proceed that development if and when the town will get RAGBRAI sooner or later.

“It’s not something that we haven’t done before, and we’re working off historical data to get some of our numbers. Obviously there are some things we’re still kind of estimating,” Roe stated. “I think the goal for RAGBRAI Ottumwa through this entire thing has been to give money back to nonprofits. That was the goal in 2016, and it’s the goal in 2024.”

Carrie Teninty, representing the City of Eldon, which is a pass-through group alongside the route from Ottumwa to Mount Pleasant, requested the supervisors if they may present monetary help for the occasion.

“We did receive $5,000 from RAGBRAI, which is obviously not going to be enough to support Eldon,” she stated. Teninty added that the town hasn’t formally established a RAGBRAI price range.

“We’re probably looking at $3,000 in signage, probably $6,700 in porta-potties coming through,” she stated. “We’ve reserved two hand-washing stations and I believe we’re going to get four. We’re just asking to help offset the costs for Eldon.”

Roe instructed Teninty that the in a single day cities, corresponding to Ottumwa, are liable for signage for your entire county, in addition to areas on the route between Ottumwa and Mount Pleasant.

“The $25,000 Wapello County gave to RAGBRAI has been designated for the City of Agency and the City of Eldon,” he stated. “So we’ve put aside $2,500 total to this point to help offset some of those costs that you have.”

Morgan reiterated the volunteer side, particularly within the smaller communities.

“If you want to help someone Thursday and then one of the pass-through towns Friday, I’m sure they’d love to have you,” he stated. “With the limited volunteer base in those areas, sometimes people stay longer, and they’re happy to do it. There are a lot of different areas to volunteer.”

— Chad Drury might be reached at [email protected], and on Twitter @ChadDrury

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