JOICE, Iowa - It's been nearly 3 weeks since the Joice Public Library and Community Center went up in flames, but there is good news.
The city is currently looking at bids and proposals from local contractors on cleanup and rebuilding, and many books are being donated to the Farmers State Bank. In addition, monetary donations are coming in to two accounts: one set up with the bank, and also to a GoFundMe account.
Mayor Mark Thoma says this outpouring of support from those in and outside the community helps bring it all home for him.
"I get so entrenched in dealing with the insurance adjusters, the contractors, the day to day activity, but then you get phone calls and messages from people hearing these stories and from outside our community that don't even know us that are asking how they can help."
And while the process to rebuild will take some time, it will include community input.
"So we can start in on drawings, start in on what is it that people are looking for, and what are their priorities in a building like this. So that we can make sure we can build it right."
The city will host a community feedback and planning session as they push forward with plans to rebuild, and is set for next Monday evening at Bethany Lutheran Church. The public is invited to attend.
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