Sidewalk Project Phase I - complete
Phase II - in progress
More than five years ago, a survey of Essex residents showed that
sidewalk conditions were a major concern. Today, the Essex Community
Club is close to completing a safe path to school, work and overall
Dana Wenstrand and Dave Jauron started the project by
observing the state of each sidewalk in town. They found that 37% needed
repair and 59% were non-existent. Charlie Hendrickson was hired to
replace a small area near the post office on Iowa Avenue in 2015. Then,
the ECC membership voted to continue the plan on a larger scale.
With the help of ECC Executive Director, Melissa Chambers, Candice
Liljedahl chaired the project as it was decided to focus on the
southwest part of Essex. The path from the south side of Omaha Avenue to
the west side of Denison Street was chosen to create a walkway from the
school to Anderson Park and downtown. Ramps have also been added to
provide handicap accessibility and general ease of use.
Residents applied for grant applications and completed city permits to
participate in the program. Close to $18,000 will be invested into the
project including the 2015 phase. ECC has already received generous
donations through fundraising efforts. We are well on our way to our
goal of $10,000! Donors can purchase sidewalk "squares" for $100, but
any amount is welcome.
Your tax-deductible donation is payable
Essex Community Endowment Fund (Memo: Sidewalk Project)
Essex, IA 51638
Thank you to the following donors to
John and Lucy Bengston
CP Self Storage
Farmers Telephone Company
First Presbyterian Church
Bill & Tish
Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home
and Belinda Holmes
John's Heating and A/C
Brian & Laura Kirchert
Dennis and Diane Liljedahl
Liljedahl Farms, Inc.
Main Street Storage/David & Donna Jauron
John and Kerry McBride
Jason and Lisa Nelson
David & Amy Rydberg
Joey and Amy Samuelson
Peter and Dana Wenstrand
Jolene & Brent
Our goal is promotion of current and attraction of new business
through sponsorship recognition, "ECC Currency", business
community improvements, advertising, and networking.
Networking - We welcome
the opportunity to hold coffees at new, or existing, businesses!
Recruiting New Businesses -
Retail and office space is available in downtown Essex! Great
entrepreneur opportunities! Call our offices to learn more.
"ECC Currency" - Our
version of chamber bucks. Whether you'd like to purchase a unique
gift or lunch, attend a high school
event or place an advertisement, go golfing, get groceries, or more - purchasing and spending "ECC
Currency" helps to support our community and great sponsors. "ECC
Currency" makes a great bonus, door prize, thank you gift,
or recognition award.
To purchase "ECC Currency" call 712-370-2496.
Currency may be redeemed at any ECC sponsor.