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Save Red Bridge

Published: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 10:24 a.m. CDT

We are moving closer to our ultimate goal of saving Red Bridge ( a site on the National Registry of Historic Places near old County Road S74, crossing the South Skunk River northeast of Monroe).

For many people this is not a new problem. The original Save Red Bridge group members reached out to family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and classmates, and from just seven members in 2011, by the end of 2012 the group numbered well over 100. Recently, the word has gotten out. As of Feb. 12, the group has 214 members and the number grows every week.

We are a diverse group — old and young, locals and transplants, liberals and conservatives, retirees. veterans, white and blue collar professionals, civil servants, academics, small business owners, elected officials, farmers and spouses. But not matter our differences, we all share the goal of saving an important landmark from destruction.

The purpose of me writing you is to request your help in taking the next step. I believe the time is right for us to reach our to the (Jasper County) Board of Supervisors by sending them a letter. By signing your name and sending it to the courthouse, you are respectfully requesting that they take three modest actions. If enough of us send letters, we can show the supervisors that saving Red Bridge is a county-wide issue that benefits the general public.

Here is what to do:

Save the document (found at the Citizens in Support of Restoration and Preservation of Red Bridge Facebook page) to your computer, print off the letter and send it to the following address:

Jasper County Board of Supervisors

Attention: Joe Brock, chairman

PO Box 944

Newton, Iowa 50208

The auditor’s office has agreed to gather all the letters into a file. If that file becomes large enough, I will present our agenda to the supervisors in person. Unified and respectful action is the key to success. Let’s make it happen. Please show your support by sending a letter.

Joe Otto


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