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South Sioux City Council honors Rapp family by naming of family area in Crystal Cove

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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 3:12 pm

Ron Rapp worked tirelessly for the establishment of Crystal Cove Park as well as working alongside the community and the city in several projects, and because of his dedication the mayor and city council voted Monday night to name a portion of Crystal Cove Park as “Ron Rapp”. 

The area to be named “Ron Rapp” is a portion of the family area of Crystal Cove Park, which consists of a 1,000 ft. by 1,000 ft. area containing the playground areas immediately south of the 39th street entrance of the park.

According to Mayor McLarty Rapp served the community of South Sioux City faithfully for the past 30 years. The park area was selected because of Rapp’s hard work and creation of Crystal Cove as a recreational area.

“I feel it is very fitting that we name this portion of the park Ron Rapp,” said Mayor McLarty.

“With everything that Ron has given to the city and the community, I think this is a great honor,” stated councilman Jason Bowman.

Ron’s son, Robert Rapp accepted the honor on behalf of his family and stated, “I would just like to say we are truly humbled. My dad did do a lot for Crystal Cove and we (the Rapp family) are very honored that you would recognize our dad in this way.”



Two proclamations were made during Monday night’s council meeting. The first proclamation was proclaiming September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in support of Turn the Towns Teal awareness campaign. Trisha James was on hand to accept the proclamation.

“I just want to thank you very much for this,” said James. “My mother, Sherry Larson passed away 2 years ago from ovarian cancer so this is a huge thing for our family.”

The second proclamation made was the naming of Bill Johnston as the July Volunteer of the Month. Johnston has been the Commander at the American Legion for the past 6 years. He saved the county $30,000.00 his first year as the Veterans Service Officer and has tripled the Veterans’ county compensations. Johnston has been instrumental in the culmination of Siouxland Freedom Park by serving on the steering committee. He has also been recognized nationally by the Military Order of the Purple Hearts for helping veterans as a Veterans Service Officer.

Councilman Jason Bowman was the lone opposed vote in the removal of the chain link fences at both American Auto and between Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Councilman Bowman’s concern was that by removing the fences along the aforementioned properties, more trash would be allowed to blow into the adjacent fields. The removal was however approved by the city council with a vote of 6-1.

The Iowa DOT was on hand Monday night to inform the South Sioux City council that the remainder of the project along the bridge should be completed by the end of the month, along with the hopes that the ramps would be opening on Friday, July 12 pending no weather delays.

The city council made two appointment recommendations during the council meeting on Monday night. The first appointment was to name councilwoman Stephanie Dahl to the Fireball Run committee. The second appointment made was for Derrik Bird to the South Sioux City Fire department. 

Bird is a 25-year-old firefighter from Minnesota with an associate’s degree in Carpentry as well as a Fire technology administration degree. His certifications include firefighter 1, firefighter 2, Hazmat, Wildlife firefighting and basic aircraft rescue, along with EMT certification. He looks forward to joining the South Sioux City Fire Department as the third member.

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