Last year, the city completed a $7 million wastewater project that brought the city's sanitary sewer system into compliance with state Department of Natural Resources rules, according to Mayor Barb Bloes.
Bloes said the city also used an innovative approach to dealing with rusty-looking water that plagued residents in one area of town. She said the water lines there were relined instead of being replaced. She said that was the first time that process was used in Iowa. She added that the project cost less than $200,000.
-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Cheryl Gerry, co-owner of Details flower shop in Sac City, checks a plant in the store’s work area. She has been in the floral business for 30 years, and has owned and operated Details for 13 years.
Landscaping and new lighting was installed on North Fifth Street, which has become one of the main entryways into the city from the new four-lane section of U.S. Highway 20.
Steve Gerry said signs are being developed to promote Sac City along that highway.
''We're trying to make ourselves a destination,'' he said
To get ready for RAGBRAI, the community held a major cleanup effort. Bloes said Diamond Vogel donated 20 gallons of paint through its Paint Iowa Beautiful program, while MidAmerican Energy donated work gloves and cash.
The project was deemed a success, although it may have seemed like a grueling experience for some of the volunteer painters.
''It was almost too hot to paint,'' Bloes said.
The future existence of the bowling alley in Sac City seemed threatened late last year when the couple who owned it retired. Bloes said a group of 11 to 13 people formed a group called We Bought a Bowling Alley on Saturday Morning and purchased the property in December.
''It's been going really well,'' she said.
Civic leaders are now trying to bring a version of Iowa's Freedom Rock to Sac City. The original Freedom Rock, which is painted annually with a new mural honoring American veterans, is near Greenfield in Adair County. The artist who paints those murals, Ray Sorensen II, is now launching an effort to place a similarly decorated rock in all of Iowa's 99 counties.
''We're anxiously looking forward to finding a giant rock to move in here,'' said Shirley Phillips, director of Sac Economic and Tourism Development. ''We hope to include the whole community in that project.''
A location for the Freedom Rock hasn't been picked yet.
Also coming in the near future to Sac City is a new facility for American Concrete. Phillips said the company will construct a new building on a nearly 10-acre plot in 2014.