Former Cape Girardeau mayors back aquatic center project, committee being formed

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A group of Cape Girardeau civic leaders have come together in support of the Proposition Y School Bond issue and are formed a fundraising committee.

Former Mayors Harry Rediger and Jay Knudtson are helping lead the effort, which will consist of city and school district representatives.

Make no mistake, we all need to pull together to make this happen. The financial realities of building and operating an aquatic center in modern America are challenging. But we’re encouraged by the fact that we are already having promising discussions with people in a position to support this and, with passage of Prop Y, I think we’ll get where we need to be.
Former Mayor Harry Rediger

Jimmy Wilferth is the volunteer leader of the Yes Cape Schools campaign. He said that passing Prop Y will immediate generate $8 million worth of improvements at Alma Schrader and Jefferson Elementary.

On Thursday, March 21, the former city officials announced a commitment.

"This is an issue that we can't lose as a city, for our city, for our school district, and particularly for our kids and our future generations," said former mayor Harry Rediger.

“We believe that the city has always done what it said it was gonna do and we believe that the schools have that same track record,” said former mayor Jay Knudtson. “So with that trust this gives us the momentum we believe we need to complete that third phase.”

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