The council approved $500 toward the purchase of a downtown speaker system along with labor and materials to install the speakers.
“It was recommended by the council I seek additional financial assistance,” said Jeanette Swarts, Twin Lakes Cruisers car club. “I’ve been fortunate to have done that, and had very positive response.”
Swarts has been collecting donations to install a $3,000 wireless system, including a $1,000 donation from the Osage City Chamber, $500 from the Osage County Community Foundation, and $100 from Osage County Economic Development. She said the car club would also be donating between $500 and $1,000.
The system will install eight speakers downtown, located on five poles between Fourth and Seventh streets. The speakers will be used for parade announcements, as well as the Cruis’n and Cook’n Car Show each spring. The system could also be used for holiday and event shopping music, as well as other events.
“I think we’d be surprised down the road with what things might come up,” Swarts said. “I’ve heard lots of positives working through this project.”
The council also heard a presentation from Anna Bailey, Osage City Library Board, informing the council of the library’s plans to add a meeting room on the west side of the library building.
“We’re not asking for the city to pay for anything,” Bailey said. “It’ll come out of our funds. We’re just looking for approval to begin construction.”
The expansion will cost between $250,000 and $275,000 to design and build. Bailey said the funds were provided by two private donations.
The council approved the expansion, without need for financial assistance, pending review of the lease agreement with the city.