Design Alliance of Waukee has been hired by the city of Decorah to do feasibility and conceptual work for a community recreation and wellness center.

The Park-Rec Board heard presentations from four firms and recommended Design Alliance be hired. The Decorah City Council approved the recommendation during its meeting Monday night. The firm is charging a $14,500 fee, which will be paid from the Park-Rec Board's memorial fund.

Last month, the Park-Rec Board identified seven potential sites for a community recreation and wellness center. They include The Army Reserve Center, the former RC-10 building, the vacant Wapsie Produce property, the Winneshiek Co-op property and Winneshiek Medial Center property. Park-Rec Director Andy Nimrod said the Board also would consider working jointly with the Decorah School Board if a community center could be part of an elementary school project.

A committee of Park-Rec Board members, a City Council member and community representatives are meeting with Design Alliance Tuesday, July 9, to discuss the center.

City Manager Chad Bird said he has worked with Design Alliance when he was employed by the city of Adel. He worked with the firm through a new city library project and part of a public safety renovation.