$250K in stimulus funds to remove lead
News · May 06, 2009

Hoover Park will get $250,000 in stimulus funding to remove lead paint from one of the houses in the National Park Service site.

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin’s office announced Monday that the National Park Service will benefit from $250,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the so-called “shovel ready” project.

Herbert Hoover Historic Site Superintendent Cheryl Schreier said the William Wright house, a tan house with brown trim located on Poplar Street, will get the work done by contractors.

All of the historic compliance requirements have been met, as well as planning and design, Schreier said, so all that is left now that the money has been approved is bidding the project out. She said that will take place immediately.

Once the lead has been removed, then park service staff can handle any future painting needs.

Once the work begins, it will take a few weeks to complete.

Harkin’s office announced the funding along with $480,000 to improve wildlife resources at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

“Effigy Mounds ... and the Hoover (Park) bring our state’s rich history alive, and provide recreation for Iowans and points of interest for tourists,” Harkin said in a statement. “These projects will not only help to preserve our natural treasures for future generations but will also create good jobs in Iowa.”

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