BOONE, Iowa—The Boone City Council talked about spending money to preserve what available in Boone. The preservation would be in a couple of different methods, one taking care of current facilities and infrastructure and the second, putting together an economic development program to help property owners preserve downtown buildings. A couple of weeks ago, there was discussion about a possible building on the vacant lots at 8th and Story, but the Council was not very supportive of following that thought. Instead, Council members want staff and the Economic Development Committee to consider some options to help building owners preserve what’s available. More discussion about preservation occurred during discussion of the Water and Sewer Department budgets. Both were trimmed quite a bit. However, infrastructure work on things like water towers and equipment to keep the valve system operational was supported. The Council also directed funds toward the Fire Department for building maintenance and wants to begin the process of planning for a new Public Works building that could also house Parks equipment during the winter. Nothing has been finalized, and the Council is expected to hold a couple more work sessions before getting a proposed budget for the 2014 Fiscal Year.