• Brief agenda faces Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission.
A brief agenda faced the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission at their meeting Thursday afternoon. Director Kent Harfst informed the commission members that 25 vendors have registered for the January 17 Fuller Hall Health Fair. There is no cost for the vendors and no cost for the public to attend. The fair will feature demonstrations and booths on health and fitness from area businesses and organizations.The commission looked into the including of students with the parks and recreation commission. Rather than trying to coordinate students attending commission meetings, Director Harfst will visit with Patsy Brock's Project Explore and Project Business Classes at the Webster City Middle School to find out what new things students would like to be offered. This was the last meeting of the year for the commission with the next scheduled meet set for January 15,2015.
• Hamilton County Conservation Board looks at strategic planning for the future
At their Thursday morning meeting the Hamilton County Conservation Board met with Pat Bodie of RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines on strategic planning for conservation department. Bodie will be working with three central Iowa conservation departments based in Boone, Hamilton and Webster Counties on the future planning for conservation activities and development. The total cost of this effort is $20,000 made possible through a grant from the Iowa Parks Foundation. There was no action take by the Hamilton County Conservation Board on this project with this issue to be revisited again in the next few months.
Briggs Woods Golf Course director Russ Appel informed the conservation board that the work on putting new concrete in the golf course clubhouse events area has been postponed. Appel plans to seek funding for this projects through the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and other funding opportunities.
Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said he met with the city officials in Ellsworth and Jewell earlier this month regarding the Jewellsworth trail project. He said there is a need for an additional $200,000 to start the construction effort. This fall the Hamilton County Conservation Department received a grant for $647,150 from the Iowa Department of Transporation for the start of the trail work linking both communities. The goal is to have ground broken for this project sometime next year.
The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Tuesday,December 23 at 9:30 at their office in Briggs Woods Park.
• Northeast Hamilton School Board announce plans for the final high school commencement ceremony.
Plans for the final commencement ceremony for the seniors at Northeast Hamilton High School were discussed at this week's meeting of the school board. The graduation will be Sunday afternoon, May 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. The reason for the early ceremony was to allow school superintendent Mike Sherwood and Northeast Hamilton assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger to travel to Webster City High School for their commencement ceremony at 2:00 that same afternoon. Currently 14 seniors will make up the final graduating class at the school in Blairsburg. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, middle and high school students from Northeast Hamilton will be attending classes and activities at Webster City as part of the whole grade sharing arrangement that will be taking effect.
The Northeast Hamilton board approved an application that will be submitted to the School Budget Review Committee requesting allowable growth in the amount of $48,968 for open enrollment out students on the Fall 2014 Certified Enrollment but not on the Fall 2013 Certified Enrollment. The final approval of the request will be made in the next few weeks. A service contract with Tyco/Simplex for the master time clock and fire alarm system was approved in the amount of $3500.
Northeast Hamilton residents are reminded to please return the district childcare needs assessment as soon as possible. The survey will determine future needs for child care services in the school district. A complete report will be presented at the next board session. The board also approved a Head Start memorandum of understanding for support services and collaborative efforts between Northeast Hamilton and Head Start.
Principal Mike Kruger said there was 95 percent participation in the parent teacher conferences held earlier this month. There will be another round of conferences next March.
• Seven applications received for Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Grants.
• Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County announcing Friends Campaign Kickoff.