Once again large number of people here in Smithfield last week helped the city celebrate its annual Health Days event. City Manager Jim Gass says the celebration found the city in much better condition than it was several years ago. On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2013_05_02_324_10531_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People</a> show, Gass said over the last few years a lot has been done to fix up, remodel or re-build structures such as the police station, fire station, recreation center and senior citizen center. But he says it’s important to realize this was done with money the city had saved.
“We also leveraged the money we were able to get through grants and other sources,” Gass said. “That’s made it possible to do a lot of these buildings. If we had to do a lot of that ourselves, it would have been much more difficult but fortunately we were able to get some nice grants for our city office. We got two or three grants for our civic center that we remodeled.”
<span>Gass said he feels Smithfield has been very careful with its money. He also said hopefully a new library can be built in the near future.</span>