Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 19, 2013

VA Health Care System working with City

The Journal Express

---- — The VA Central Iowa Health Care System reports that it is willing to work with the City of Knoxville to make grounds available for camping during RAGBRAI® this July.

“The VA is interested in working with the community for a variety of events and in doing so, must ensure liability issues are addressed,” VA Spokesman Dwayne Rider said. “Discussions are being held with the City of Knoxville regarding the 2013 use of the VA Campus for several functions. We are also working with the City of Knoxville to coordinate with the RAGBRAI® organizers about this year’s exciting event. VACIHCS is honored to continue to be a part of the Knoxville community.”

Knoxville Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik reported that he, and a handful of others, will take part in a meeting today (Friday, April 19) at the VA in Des Moines for one of these discussions.

At a recent Fair Board meeting, the question was raised whether or not the VA campus could be utilized for emergencies. With the enhanced use lease with the Knoxville Veterans Alliance still pending, Rider said the VA could not use its property for this purpose. Rider said when the lease is signed, the KVA can work with the Fair Board on this.

“As you may know, we do not have 24/7 staff at the facility, so opening up the buildings is not an option at this time,” Rider said.