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New Hartford residents comment on recovery plans

NEW HARTFORD (KWWL) At an open house, New Hartford residents got to see plans developed by a 20-member Comprehensive Land Use Task Force.

Steve Koop is on the task force. His home wasn't affected by the tornado or flood, but he said the whole town is in this together.

"If you'd have seen the area in June, there's already been a lot of improvements and it's going to take a long time, but there are going to be some great things coming to our town and our area," said Steve Koop of New Hartford.

Residents were encouraged to write down ideas and even vote on priorities. Top priorities include a new sewer system to hopefully help drain water better and a new convenience store.

"We will have a new convenience store. It's gonna take time. We have some investors interested. It might be a cooperative effort," said Koop.

Christine Schipper said the number one priority is the residents.

"Get everybody back in their home. That's our main thing right now," she said.

That's why volunteers are so important. Some Saturdays, students with Iowa State University come to New Hartford helping to get residents back in their homes.

Besides volunteers, residents said the town needs to stay positive and work together. It won't happen overnight, but with help from Rebuild Iowa, INRCOG, FEMA and other resources, New Hartford isn't going anywhere.

"I plan on living here as long as I live," said Steve Koop.

"I'm gonna stay. I'm not going anywhere,"said Christine Schipper.

But not everyone has decided to stay. So far, 31 New Hartford homes are on a list for possible buyouts.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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