• Webster City High School drivers education sign up underway.
Information and sign-up for WCHS Summer Driver’s Education through ICCC is now available in the Main Office of WCHS. Classes will be $395 and there will be two (2) sessions this summer on a first-come, first-serve basis: May 31-June 30 (8:30 – 11:30 am) and July 7-July 24 (8:15 – 11:15 am). Each session is limited to 50 total students and will consist of 10 classes for each term to be held on the ICCC-Webster City Campus. Student s must have a valid driver’s permit to take the class. For more information please stop in or call the Main Office at WCHS at 832-9210.
• Stratford City Council looks at an animal protection ordinance.
At a meeting on Monday, the Stratford City Council reviewed the ordinance for animal protection and control as it concerns the possibility of an amendment to remove poultry from the definition of livestock since it is unlawful for a resident to keep livestock within the city limits except by written consent of the council. Research revealed that there is a variety of ways that other cities ordinances deal with chickens kept in urban areas. They include cities with an unqualified no to chickens requiring owners to get council approval. There is also a requirement that cities require owners to get council approval and require owners to get approval from the adjacent property owners. There are requirements including the number of species and housing requirements. The council chose to take no action on the code. The council voted 4 to 1 to approve the request from Ted and Amy Link at 1725 Tennyson Avenue to have 12 chickens on their property. The Stratford city council denied the request from Dennis Hayden at 1119 Adams Street to have four six laying hens on their property that are allowed to free range in the yard while the owners are in the immediate area.
The Stratford council reviewed the city's ordinance on regulations on the removal of snow,ice and accumulations. The council was concerned about the timely removal of snow and ice by the property owners in the business section of Shakespeare Avenue. City staff will persevere at contacting the property owners to get them to remove the snow and ice accumulations in a well timed manner so that the city snow plow can get it removed from downtown expeditiously.
A presentation by Robert Sich of the electrical department at Brown Engineering was made in regards to the firm's capabilities on doing a study of Stratford's electrical system. The study would be to analyze the viability of changing from a Delta to a Y electrical system plus other possible changes that would enhance or increase capacities of the system. No action was taken by the council on this issue.
The Stratford city council approve the quote from Bolton and Menk,Incorporated for $2,880 for a professional services agreement for GIS Collection and Point Display mapping of the city electrical system. A request for an Eagle Scout Project from Blake Nelson to renovate the merry go round at the city park pending research on possibile liability issues was approved by the council.
In other matters, the council set the date of May 12 for the public hearing on the 2014 fiscal year budget amendment. A quote from Fort Dodge Asphalt totaling $56,235 for street work this year was approved. The council approved using Local Option Sales and Service Tax funds allocated for the purchase of a pool diving board for $1,069 with work to begin in the next few weeks.
• Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Tuesday morning at 9:30.
• Water valve work begins Monday in Webster City.
• Hughes resigns as Webster City Police Chief.