• Friends of the Kendall Young Library Book Sale begins May 1.
The Friends of Kendall Young Library Book Sale will be held Thursday,May 1 through Saturday,May 3. The sale hours May 1 will be from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for Friends of the Library members only. The membership is $5.00. The hours for the public on May 2 will be 10:00 until 6:00 p.m. and May 3 from 10 until 12 noon. Donations of used books and DVDs accepted through Tuesday,April 29 at Kendall Young Library. All procees of the sale will support the work the friends organization. For more information please call the library at 832-9100.
• Search begins for new Webster City Fire and Police Chief.
The next few months will be busy for the Webster City Civil Service Commission. The job on finding a new fire and police chief began yesterday afternoon as the commission met to set the guidelines in finding the right candidate for the respective position.Mike Lund will be retiring June 13 as Webster City fire chief.He has served in that position since 1998 succeeding Terry Johnston.Lund has been with the Webster City Fire Department since 1970. Webster City Police Chief Brian Hughes will be leaving the community in a few weeks to assume a similar job in suburban Pittsburgh. The fire chief position will be advertised. The requirements include a minimum of five years full time experience in a fire department,or three years full time experience in a fire department and two years of comparable experience or educational training required.The applicant must demonstrate progressively responsible experience in management of a fire department. The deadline for all fire chief resumes is May 5 at 5:00 p.m. Later next month, there will be a written test for the candidates and the interview with the prospective candidates. The interviews will be held May 29 and 30. Participants in the interview process would be city manager Ed Sadler, a member of the fire department,chief Lund, a city council member and a member from the civil service commission. It is hoped that a new chief will be in place by June.
The advertising of a new police chief is underway. The candidate must have five years progressively responsible experience in the management of a law enforcement agency. An undergraduate degree is preferred. The prospective candidate must have or obtain certification from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. The deadline for all applications is May 20 at 4:00 p.m. The Civil Service Commission will set the assessment process including an in basket exercise, the interview and leaderless discussion. The city will narrow down the list of final candidates between 4 and 6 individuals with the interviews to be lead by the city manager, a city council member, a police department representative, civil service commission and administrative services director Beth Chelesvig. All of the questionnaires will need to be returned by June 13 and the ranking to the city manager by June 27. The goal is to have a new police chief hired sometime this summer.
George Caggiano was named as chairman of the Civil Service Commission. Other members are Trish Bahrenfuss and Heather Kierzek.
• Clarion City Council look at loan agreements.
At a meeting held early this week, the Clarion City Council approved a resolution for the contract, performance and or payment bonds for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project to Wicks Construction. Paul Donna of Robert W. Baird and Company Incorporated was present to discuss the G.O. Annual Appropriation Bonds in the amount of $1,210,000 and Tax Exempt Bonds at $1,520,000 totaling $2,730,000 for paying costs for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project. A public hearing was held to take additional action on the proposal to enter into a G.O. Annual Appropriation Loan Agreement with Robert W. Baird and Company in a principal amount not to exceed $3,000,000 for paying costs for the White Fox Landing project. No written or oral comments received with the agreement approved.
Another public hearing on the proposed plans, specification form of contract and estimate of costs for Traffic Signalization Improvements at the intersection of Iowa Highway 3 and Second Street. There were no written or oral objections received with the project being approved. Clarion City Administrator Rochelle Pohlman informed the council that on April 17, there was a bid opening for the project. Three of the bids were opened with KW Electric being the apparent bidder at $98,785. The bid from KW Electric was accepted for the project.
The Clarion City Council also approved the financial support of $2000 for a County Wide Housing Needs Assessment.
The council thanked Chief Steve Hennigar for 33 years of service to the city of Clarion. An open house for Hennigar will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Police/Ambulance Building.
• Hamilton County Conservation Board turn down plans for can collection project at Bells Mill Park.
• Boy and Cub Scouts thank everyone for food and can donations!