Oelwein morning update (Monday, Sept. 26): Volleyball team fighting cancer; City Council to discuss events center funding

WEATHER — Today: Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a northwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph. (Click here for the extended forecast)

SPORTS — Volleyball to host Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Tuesday; XC and football teams on the road

Oelwein volleyball players regularly help with the mobile food pantry when it comes to town, such as last week. The comment posted with this group photo on Twitter at @OelweinVball said: “Great job by our crew yesterday at the September food truck! Helped many local families get some much needed resources. Proud of the work we do with this every month.”

Oelwein volleyball (11-15) has two home games this week. The game against Union Community (21-2), at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, is Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Valley Lutheran (0-4) comes to town Thursday. It will be Senior Night. Game time is 7 p.m.

Oelwein football (2-3) has three regular season games left. On Friday, Sept. 30, the Huskies will be the Homecoming opponent of Union Community (1-4). Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Waukon defeated Oelwein 49-0 this past Friday.

Oelwein’s boys and girls cross country team will travel to Jesup Golf and Country Club for a 30-team meet on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Competition begins at 4:15 p.m. North Fayette Valley, Starmont and Wapsie Valley will be among the teams. On Thursday, the boys team will travel to a 12-team Hampton-Dumont meet at Maynes Grove Park near Hampton for a 4:30 p.m. start.

GOV’T — Events Center on Oelwein City Council agenda tonight

The Oelwein City Council will meet tonight beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall (6 p.m. agenda). The agenda includes giving direction regarding a $500,000 contribution toward creation of the Oelwein Events Center. The estimated cost of renovating the Carnall building on the south side of downtown is roughly $3.2 million.

An analysis of the center’s annual economic impact has been given to the council. It says, “The on-going economic impact of the Oelwein Center includes four main activities detailed this section including the economic impact from (1) Oelwein Center operations, (2) wedding event spending, (3) large receptions spending, (4) small receptions spending. In total, these Center-related impacts support 32 jobs, $1.0 million in workers’ earnings, and $3.6 million in economic output or sales.”

Click here to read the economic impact report

Council to discuss aquatic center and decaying downtown building at Monday workshop

The Oelwein City Council will meet in a workshop session tonight at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The agenda includes discussing fees at the Williams Wellness Center and at the Oelwein Family Aquatic Center. It also includes following up on the court decision last week that denied the city authority to demolish a decaying building at 27 S. Frederick. Instead, the owner has a year to try to save it. (Click here for the workshop agenda and reports)