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Long-Awaited Check for Riverside

RIVERSIDE, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -You could say it was a moment light years in the making.

Monday, the city of Riverside was presented with a very special check - $120,000 - all to go towards a new community center.

However, for many years, that money seemed to be lost in a black hole.

"Keeping track of all those monies, you gotta make sure all the checks and balances come out right to the last penny," says Mike Meinders, president of the Riverside Area Community Club. "That's one of the problems that was happening."

After wrapping shooting on the show 'Invasion Iowa' nearly a decade ago, William Shatner originally gave the money to the Riverside Area Community Club as a gift. The club couldn't hold on to it because of their non profit status, so they instead asked the city to hold on to it.

However, as an audit revealed just a few months ago, hundreds of thousands of dollars were misused and misplaced by the city during that time period - and Shatner's donation got lost in the shuffle.

"It caused a little of bad blood here and there," says Paul McCracken, a Riverside Area Community Club member.

Monday night current city leaders say they learning from the city's past mistakes.

"We're still trying to make corrections," said mayor Bill Poch.

Those improvements include eliminating petty cash and requiring two signatures on checks.

As for the Shatner money, the audit dug it up. It was designated back to the community club, and now, after a long 'trek', it's back in the city's hands.

Club members say that doesn't worry them. Now its about looking forward.

"The reason your car has a little bitty rear view mirror, is because you don't want to spend a whole lotta time looking back," McCracken said.

The $120,000 will help to build the multi million dollar community center. Club members say they're aiming for a futuristic look for the center.

 
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