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THE KALONA NEWS, THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 NEWS PAGE 9A "Looking toward the future." At the first meeting of May agreements for the cost-sharing for the Riverside City Council, for parking improvements with MMS Consultants were pres-Trinity Methodist Church and ent to provide an update on Sorden-Lewis Funeral Home projects being worked on for were discussed. the city. Under the proposed agree- MMS Consultants updated ment with the church and the council members on de-funeral home, the city would velopments concerning the contract Dave Schmitt Con- Washburn and Second streets struction out of Cedar Rapids improvement project and Hall for the removal of trees and the Park drainage issues, resulting stumps for the church For the Washburn Street and parking, pay for the grading Second Street project a pair of and sod of the area, and main- tain the storm piping, intakes, No action was taken on their Two public hearings will be and parking service for both agreements and the city at- held at the May 15 meeting for projects, torney will be contacted about The city in return asked that whether or not to make anygarbage and storm sewer rates. the church and funeral home changes. A committee was formed would pay 50 percent of the They also received estimates during the meeting to handle subbase and concrete costs, on tree and concrete removal the idea of bringing a dog park In a letter to the city, the to assist with drainage in Hall church said their board had Park, but no action was taken, to the city with the Riverside approved a 25 percent cost- A public hearing was held on Area Community Club spear- sharing, with their reasoning the sale of a lot in the Cherry heading the effort. RACC also being that as a non-profit, they Lane subdivision. The sale was should not have to pay as much approved to James Volk of Tif- updated council members on as a for profit business, fin for the amount of $35,000. Trek Fest, which is next month. The trip to the First Techselection, the more lasting im- Challenge. Of particular inter- "They play on basketball court learned by seeing the best Challenge World Champion- pact may be the connections est was getting to experience sized fields and they are very teams in the world and hopeful- ships in St. Louis was a new they made with other partici- the youngest competitors as cool to see because of their ly use it to earn our way back experience for the Highland pants, part of the Junior FIRST Lego size and how good their drivers to the Worlds Championship Robotics team, so obviously At the hotel, the team con- League and the FIRST Robotics are." again in Detroit,"Streb said. the team didn't know what to nected with the FIRST LegoChallenge. Just being around the top Even with the eye on the fu- expect. League out of Greece. "It was cool to see how good teams from around the country ture, the team wanted to take As a result, the team came in "We showed them our robot these little tiny kids (6 and 7 and the world, gave the team a one more opportunity to thank with very simple expectations, and they showed us theirs and year olds) in Junior FLL were lot of good examples to think all those who made such an in- "We didn't think we were they thoughtwewereverycool, at public speaking and pre- about and follow. The team got credible experience possible. going to compete very wellwe let them drive it around," senting their solutions to their to be around the top robots and "We want to thank our coach against the other teams. Our Streb said. challenge," Streb said. pits in the world, giving them Tim Surine for taking us," goal was to not let our alliances "We even discussed with They even garnered a follow- more ideas about the tactics Streb said. "He did a lot to give down," Business Manager Jack their coaches that they do not ing from the local Junior FLL and amount of work that is nec- us this opportunity and we ap- Streb said. "We have never seen have FTC in Greece and they team, who became part of their essary to take the next step and preciate that. anything like it, the robots plan on making a team and cheering section after giving be able to run with these better "We also want to thank all of there were so cool and clean, they asked us to help themtheir presentation to the High- teams, the people and businesses that You could really tell that they start a team and mentor them land students and talking to After g tting their first taste supported us by donating their belonged there. We focused on via email." the Highland team about their of this 1,vel of competition, money to our team. We could letting everyone know that we The opportunity also allowed robot, they're hqping this isn't a once not have went without it. The also belonged there." the team to observe some of "FRC was definitely the most in a lifetine opportunity. The support we got from the com- While the team did acquit the other divisions of FIRST exciting for us because FRC team is efinitely hungry for munitywas very mind blowing themselves well, finishing 42 that they don't compete in or is the division of FIRST with more. and we are very appreciative out of 64 teams as a wild card see, outside of the FIRST Tech the biggest robots," Streb said. "Now ve can take what we for that." Grady Yeggy and Karli Burr Richard Dunbar and Megan Dtesselhaus Jared Gringer and Sydney Black Hunter Erwin and Allison Fulton Emily Streb and Zoe Mahler Brock Beinhart and Emily Yahnke