DES MOINES (AP) — A nonprofit wants to build a YMCA and community center in a low-income neighborhood near downtown Des Moines to provide the area with access to the same resources as those offered in the suburbs.
Pillars of Promise's proposal includes an 87,000-square-foot YMCA, outdoor recreational fields and a community center to offer health services and educational opportunities in the King-Irving neighborhood.
The Des Moines Register reports that the City Council approved the group's letter of intent last week to provide a 99-year lease for the city-owned land at $1 per year.
Pillars of Promise can now begin fundraising for the project. The group will need to decide which local organizations will offer services at the community center.
The city's letter expires within a year. The council will consider other projects should the nonprofit's plans fall through.
Milwaukee prosecutors charge jail staff in inmate's death
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prosecutors have charged three Milwaukee County jail staffers for their role in the dehydration death of an inmate who spent a week without water.
The charges announced Monday by the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office come almost a year after jurors recommended jail staff should be liable after prosecutors presented them with evidence.
The investigation revealed 38-year-old Terrill Thomas had water to his cell shut off as punishment for flooding it in April 2016.
Supervisor Kashka Meadors and jail deputy James Lee Ramsey-Guy are both charged with neglect of a resident of a penal facility. Prosecutors say Meadors ordered Ramsey-Guy to shut off the water.
Jail Cmdr. Nancy Lee Evans is charged with misconduct and obstructing an office. Prosecutors say she failed to preserve surveillance video showing the water turned off.