City Council postpones vote on ,000 Warming Shelter grant

City Council postpones vote on $50,000 Warming Shelter grant

City Council postpones vote on ,000 Warming Shelter grant

SIOUX CITY — The Sioux City Council on Monday postponed a vote on a $50,000 grant for the Warming Shelter, the city’s only emergency shelter, citing the need for more information about potential grant matching opportunities and the shelter’s goals.

During a budget wrap-up session in March, the council approved a $50,000 Neighborhood Services appropriation to benefit the shelter, 910 Nebraska St. The budget approval included a stipulation that the use of the funding be approved by the board before the funding is awarded to the shelter. Before Councilman Alex Watters adjourned the matter for a week, Mayor Bob Scott said he would not vote in favor of the grant.

According to city documents, the shelter recently submitted an application to the city to provide funding to match $50,000 in private fundraising efforts. Council members were confused about whether the grant would go toward a $50,000 contribution or a $200,000 contribution.

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“I understood to know what this gift was going to open with or what it was going to match,” Watters said. “We didn’t want it to be less than one fiscal year. I was hoping it would open up a bigger opportunity for me, whether it was for a grant and matching funds, or it was some kind of donation.”

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People sit at tables in a living room Feb. 13 at the Warming Shelter in downtown Sioux City.

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At the Jan. 22 council meeting, Shayla Moore, executive director of the Warming Shelter, asked the council to allocate funds for the shelter in the next budget year, which begins July 1. Moore said the shelter’s closure will become “a harsh reality” if additional funding cannot be secured.

“We are the only low barrier homeless shelter in the community. There is no other organization that serves this population,” Moore said.

Last winter, around 140 people stayed at the shelter each night. The shelter has been operating for about 11 years, mainly from donations. The nonprofit’s monthly budget is approximately $70,000.

Moore told The Journal in February that the shelter’s costs are “absolutely necessary.” She said the biggest expenses are staffing, building repairs and sheets, which are washed and brought in.

Tyson Events Center roof replacement

The board, in approving the consent agenda, also green-lighted an $89,000 consulting services agreement with FEH Associates, Inc. for construction documentation, bid drawings, bidding and construction administration for the Tyson Events Center roof replacement project.

The deal includes the removal and disposal of the existing membrane roof system and the installation of additional insulation and a new TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roof membrane system.

Final plans and specifications are expected to be drawn up for the bidding process which will take place in November. Construction is scheduled for spring/summer 2025.

In March 2023, a roof leak at Tyson halted the NAIA basketball tournament. The last two round of 16 matches were delayed by more than two hours after officials discovered water dripping from the ceiling onto the pitch. The roofers fixed a patch on the roof that had been torn and another patch that had a hole through it.

Cone Park Insurance

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Corey Feese, right, rides a trail on the new Cone Park mountain bike trails in Sioux City.

Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

The Board also approved the purchase of general liability insurance for the Cone Mountain Bike Park.

The insurance is for next year for the mountain bike park, which was officially dedicated on June 14. The all-season park, 3800 Line Drive, now has 10.5 miles of mountain bike trails and a pump track following the completion of a three-year, $3 million project. Summer tubing, snow tubing, ice skating and splash pad are among the other activities offered at the park.

Coverage will be tied to Kinsale Insurance Company for a total premium of $25,849.60 for the policy year.

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