City will celebrate lead prevention successes

The success of a local program will be celebrated next week.

Nationally, next week is designated to raise awareness for lead poisoning prevention. Marshalltown Housing and Community Development will hold an event Tuesday to do just that.

Michelle Spohnheimer, housing and community development director, said since 2003, the city of Marshalltown has had a Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant that helps remove lead from housing units built before 1978 for low- and very low-income families with children under the age of 6.

The program has been very successful, she said.

“We want to celebrate all the success we’ve had with our prior grants and current grant,” Spohnheimer said. “Over the course of time, $12 million have been used for lead poisoning prevention and rehab on homes [in Marshalltown].”

On Tuesday a free outreach celebration event will be held for kids and families from 3-6 p.m., at Veteran’s Coliseum.

“We’ll be encouraging folks that are interesting in applying for the program to attend,” she said. “We’ve also invited past participants to just come and celebrate that.”

At the event there will be a bounce house and other activities for kids.

Mid-Iowa Community Action Agency, the city of Marshalltown, Friends of the Library, Packaging Corporation of America and other groups will be there, Spohnheimer said.

“We’re going to try and give a lot of stuff out to families,” she said. “We’re focusing on lead poisoning preventions, celebrate the success and hopefully get some applications.”