• Jordan Aquifer rule changes to be discussed at Fort Dodge meeting.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a meeting in Fort Dodge on proposed rule changes that would govern the use of the Cambrian Ordovician Aquifer commonly called the Jordan Aquifer in Iowa. A stakeholder group, tasked with evaluating and improving the current rules, recommended the proposed changes which include incorporating a three tier criteria to classify each Jordan well with a water allocation permit into one of the three tiers. Wells in the Tier 1 category shall follow standard water use reporting procedures with no additional requirements of site-specific water use reduction plans. Another proposed change would include the permit cycle for Jordan water allocation permits to five years. There would also be the addition of a protected water source in Webster County. The meeting in Fort Dodge will be held April 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Fort Dodge Public Library Meeting Room at 424 Central Avenue.
• Iowa Falls teller charged with bank embezzlement.
A 43 year old Iowa Falls woman has been charged with embezzling more that $144,000 from a bank where she had worked.Federal court documents filed earlier this week say Teresa Kobriger stole the money while an employee for the Iowa Falls State Bank between December,2008 and December,2012. Documents say Kobriger took cash from teller drawers and the bank vault and fraudulently altered bank records to cover up the theft.Kobriger intends to plead guilty at a hearing scheduled for next Wednesday.
• Webster City Parks and Rec,Hamilton County Conservation look at issues.
Issues facing the Hamilton County Conservation Board and the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission were discussed at a joint meeting held Thursday afternoon. Both departments looked at working together on improvement to park areas and on promotion. Another issue discussed was on the Boone River Recreational Trail. Both the parks and recreation commission and the conservation department will look at the application of grant money to replace the identification signs along the trail that have been faded due to weather. There will also work that will need to be done in the future on cracks that have been noticed along the trail.It's likely that the fixing of the cracks will take place next year.
At a meeting earlier this week the Hamilton County Conservation Board met with John Laird on his environmental education programs and on the improvements to Briggs Woods Park during 2014. The Briggs Woods Golf Course opened for the season on March 17. Russ Appel said the numbers have been down since opening day due to the cold weather but it should pickup in the next few weeks with warmer weather. The board also met with Jessica Johnson of the Prairie Rivers R C and D on marketing Hamilton County's parks and conservation areas. The department will look at using social media for their promotions beginning late this spring.
• Webster City Community Schools asking residents to participate in a We Support survey next week.
• Webster City selected to receive funding for the Riverside Stormwater Wetland project.