June 16, 2024

Greenfield council proactive on housing after tornado

Greenfield City Council

The Greenfield City Council decided to waive a $250 building permit fee for those rebuilding anywhere in town because of the tornado, during a Tuesday, May 28 meeting in the public library.

The action is an attempt to make it easier for people who have been impacted to remain living in Greenfield.

Greenfield Community Development Corporation board member Scott Tonderum also talked with the council about housing possibilities for those affected in the shorter term. He talked about the possibilities of temporary housing that could be brought in while residents rebuild. The temporary housing could be in the form of a trailer. A number of these trailers could be brought into the community, if that’s the direction the council want to go.

“The temporary housing keeps them in town and keeps our workforce here,” Tonderum said. “It keeps the kids in school, keeps people shopping at the grocery store and at Casey’s.”

Tonderum suggested city property would be great to consider for this. It would be a great gesture for the city to make for its citizens. The challenge is to go where all the needed infrastructure is available.

The council also talked about allowing campers on properties residents already own and are going to rebuild on, however they did not take action yet.

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson

Caleb Nelson has served as News Editor of the Adair County Free Press and Fontanelle Observer since Oct. 2017. He and his wife Kilee live in Greenfield. In Greenfield and the greater Adair County area, he values the opportunity to tell peoples' stories, enjoys playing guitar, following all levels of sports, and being a part of his local church.