• Randall City Council continues a discussion on water rates.
A discussion on water rates for Randall residents was the topic of Tuesday night's city council meeting. City employee Alan Hanson presented to the council information on the conditions of various parts of the water distribution system so they could factor that into the proposed rate increases. After general discussion, the Randall council made a motion to approve the rate increases raising the minimum rate to $25.00 for 2000 gallons plus 80 cents per 100 gallons over the minimum. The rate will go into effect after 3 readings of the ordinance. The estimated annual increase with this proposal is $6,687 per year.
The Randall council approved a resolution relating to the holding of a public hearing and approving proceedings for the issuance and sale of revenue bonds or notes for the Bethany Life Communities Project in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $23,000,000.
A meeting is set for Monday,January 13 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall for Randall residents regarding the plans and costs for building a fire station north of the gymnasium.
Tuesday night's council meeting was the final one for council members Linda Norem and Michelle Culver. The Randall council thanked them for their years of service.
• Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
The December meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 7:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. Agenda items will include a review of a letter from the City of Blairsburg regarding a water meter and water bill, an update on nurse interviews and questions in regards to partial day versus whole grade sharing with a final decision to be made. The board will also discuss a procurement card, the limit for negative lunch account balances and discussion on school vehicles. There will also be a contract recommendation to be decided on by the board.
• Two Clarion residents injured in a one vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Chickasaw County.
The Iowa State Patrol investigated a two vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in rural Chickasaw County at the junctions of Highway 346 and County Road V 14. Reportedly a southbound 1999 Mercury Tracer driven by Amrando Perez Martinez of Clarion failed to stop at a stop sign. The Martinez car struck a 2006 Mazda MZ3 driven by Lindsey Rosol of Nashua. Two passengers in the Martinez car, 20 year old Franky de Jesus Lopez and 30 year old Gerso Garcia both of Clarion were injured. The passengers were transported to Mercy North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. Both drivers escaped injury in the accident. Assisting the Iowa State Patrol at the scene were members of the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Department and the Nashua Fire and Rescue Department.
• Wright County Supervisors learn about a new housing project in Clarion.
• International Holiday Festival comes to All Cultures Equal this Saturday.