• 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.
The latest round of organizations applying for Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Grants were reviewed by its board members late Tuesday afternoon. Seven organizations submitted their applications. They include:
Border Brigade Archery requesting $5,735 for the National Archery in the School Program and for Winter Tournaments.
Hamilton County Saddle Club requesting $4,079 for the enhancement project of the arena on the north side of Webster City.
Kendall Young Library requesting $5,000 for a program entitled "Walking in his Grandfather's Footsteps:Author Presentation and Writer's Workshop by Tom Shroder, the grandson of author Mackinlay Kantor.
Legacy Learning Boone River Valley requesting $10,000 for a Winter Weekend Getaway and Fall Family Weekend Event.
Webster City Area Chamber and Iowa Antique Network requesting $2,282 for the second annual JunqueFest next Memorial Day weekend.
Webster City Community Theater requesting $7,525 for improvements to their Performing Arts Center on Willson Avenue.
Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee requesting $16,975 for work on the Bonebright Depot Museum and Information Center.
Presentations by the seven organizations will be Wednesday,December 3 at 6:30 at City Hall. The final determination of recommendations will be made at a meeting of the Hotel Motel Board will be Thursday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m.The recommendations will be forwarded to the Webster City City Council for final approval at their December 15 meeting.
• Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County announcing Friends Campaign Kickoff.
• Dermand retiring from VDMC board of trustees.