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LETTER: Tripp's sweeping changes

(metro creative)

To the Editor:

We all know the city of Tripp is going through changes. It has been a great blow to the city to experience the loss of its nursing home and grocery store at the same time. The good news is that there are great people within the city and the surrounding community who actually care about the future of the city. The City Council, the Development Corporation and private citizens, have stepped up to get the ball rolling in the right direction.

Dr. Jeffrey Kramer, on his own, secured a grant from the Santel Corporation which will help jumpstart the efforts of reopening the grocery store. There are other efforts in the works. If you are so inclined, please take the time to join with whatever wherewithal you might bring to the table. Every little bit will help.

The nursing home is gone, but there is hope. The county needs to have new and or different place for its county courthouse. All indications are that a new facility would cost north of $4.5 million; yes, four and a half million dollars plus. The question is: can the citizens of the county handle that expense? There is an alternative solution that would cost between $850,000 and $1,300,000. The facility in Tripp has the best of both worlds: space that is level and handicap accessible and an existing parking lot that is modern and up to date.

These are just a few basic ideas that can be expanded upon that I am sure are just the tip of the iceberg with all the great minds and other's efforts that exist in the area.

I would like to give a big shout of a job well done to Dr. Kramer for all his help in getting the ball rolling and ask you all to do the same for his efforts and to know that March 2018 will be 20 years that he and his wife Dr. Terri Kramer have been in business in Tripp. A big shout out to them and a heartfelt job well done to you both.

Lonnie and Melinda Mayer