• Solar array project delayed for Little Wall Lake Park.
The Hamilton County Conservation Board learned Thursday morning that the solar array project for Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell will be delayed. Scott Griffin of G6 Power Solutions informed the board that the financial restructuring for the project has been put on hold. The firm is working with the KPMG auditing company on the necessary paperwork. Griffin said the project will start early this summer with work to last two to three weeks for the installation of the solar array system.
Work is nearing completion on the latest camper cabin facility at Briggs Woods Park. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said that conservation staff is finishing the interior work. There is also work on the landscaping and outside deck. The opening of the cabin will be sometime on or around July 1. A new name for the cabin was approved. It will be known as the Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park. Once completed the Hickory Cabin will sleep up to thirteen people with a larger opening gathering space on the first floor. Online reservations will be accepted effective this Monday,May 2 for reservations dates after July 1. Cabin rates for the new Hickory Cabin will be the same as the Legacy Cabin. Weekdays willb be $155 a night Sunday through THursday and $200 a night on Friday and Saturday nights. There will be a minimum of a two night stay. The offseason rates from November through April will be at $100 a night. The caveat to the new Hickory Cabin will be a business rate from September to May at $100 a day. Parties interested in setting up a meeting at the new cabin need call the Hamilton County Conservation Office.
A preconstruction meeting for the Jewellsworth Trail project is set for Tuesday,May 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jewell City Hall. The actual starting date of construction will be announced after the May 24 meeting.
• Wright County Supervisors approve quote for Drainage Ditch tree and brush spraying.
At a meeting on Monday, the Wright County Board of Supervisors approved a quote from Larry Harrah for Drainage Ditch tree spraying and removal this year. The total cost for cleaning brush and trees from 17 drainage areas in Wright County this year will be $42,000. Work will begin next month and continue through the summer months.
The board set next Monday,May 2 at 10:00 a.m. for private tile hearing within Drainage Ditch 131 located between Wright and Hamilton Counties. This hearing for the payment and work agreement of a 700 foot tile line between two property owners.
A proclamation was signed for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by the Wright County Supervisors. A group from the Sexual Assault Response Team attending the ceremony. The group explained their work with victims in Wright County and the services that they offer.
• Fort Dodge man setenced for Possession of Methamphetamine.
A 21 year old Fort Dodge man was sentenced Tuesday in Webster County District Court on drug charges. Tennessee Alexander Ferry was sentenced on charges stemming from an ongoing narcotics investigation by the Webster County Drug Task Force. On February 11,2016, the Task Force executed a search warrant at Ferry's residence located in the Palace Park Trailer Park,1338 Third Avenue N.W. in Fort Dodge. Methamphetamine, marijuana, and other evidence related to the unlawful use and delivery of narcotics were discovered at the residence. Based on the evidence seized during the search warrant, Ferry was arrested and subsequently pled guilty to Possession of Less Than Five Grams of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Deliver, a class "C" felony and Possession of Marijuana, Second Offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. District Court Judge Thomas Bice sentenced Ferry to the maximum terms of 10 years in prison on the charge of Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Deliver and 2 years in prison on the charge of Possession of Marijuana, Second Offense. The prison sentences will be served concurrently to each other because they arose from the same incident, but will be served consecutively to Ferry's pending parole revocation. When imposing the sentence, Judge Bice emphasized the necessity of incarceration to ensure not only the safety of the community,but also give Ferry the best possible chance at rehabilitation. At the conclusion of the hearing, Ferry was remanded to the immediate custody of the Webster County Sheriff for transport to prison. The State of Iowa was represented by Webster County Attorney Jennifer Benson. This case was investigated by the Webster County Drug Task Force, which is made up of members of the Webster County Sheriff's Office, Fort Dodge Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Webster County Attorney's Office.
• Friends of Kendall Young Library Book Sale set for Thursday through Saturday.
• Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.