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Cedar Rapids council frustrates local leaders

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- Leaders outside local government say flood recovery has outgrown the City Council and now requires the help of private enterprise.

Cedar Rapids mayor Kay Halloran says community leaders criticizing the city council undermines the work they do, but even council members acknowledge that their public image isn't sterling.

City council infighting has spilled into the public sphere, as council member Jerry McGrane says lawmakers, lobbyists and others in Des Moines told him they think the council is dysfunctional.

The public-private partnership, called the Economic Planning and Redevelopment Corp. is largely funded by private money. Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce chairman Allen Witt says more money and time needs to be put toward the corporation while the city regroups and refocuses it flood efforts.

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