• Randall City Council looks at frozen pipe situation.
The Randall City Council members received an update from city maintenance director Alan Hanson on the frozen pipe situation in the community. Hanson told the council that there has been another leak in the system and is working to locate it for repair. The city council is considering a plan to update the controls at the water plant. It would include replacing water meters in residences and businesses. Hanson told the council will provide cost information regarding meter replacements.
There was an update on the progress of the storage building for the fire truck and city equipment. The down payment was made for the building, forms from Alliant are in the process of being prepared. Once the weather improves in the next few weeks,the trees will be removed as necessary for the building.
In other matters, the Randall city council appointed Scott Stephens as mayor pro tem. There will be an increase in water rates beginning next month as the council passed and adopted the third and final reading on the ordinance. The Randall City Budget was approved by the council for the 2015 fiscal year.
• Wright County Supervisors award culvert projects.
At their meeting on Monday, the Wright County Supervisors accepted a bid from Whiteman Corporation of Dows for the construction of a single box culvert on Baxter Avenue. The bid from Whiteman was at $109,091. Another culvert replacement project was approved by the supervisors. This is to replace a culvert on 150th Street. Peterson Contractors submitted the low bid of $283,185. The work on both culver projects will begin later this spring.
The Wright County Supervisors approved a 28-E agreement between Wright County Treasurer Peggy Schluttenhofer and the City of Eagle Grove regarding parking fines in the community. Violators who don't pay up could face not having the licenses or registration renewed.
• Webster City teacher honored with the Golden Apple Award.
A Webster City teacher was honored Tuesday afternoon with the prestigious Golden Apple Award from WHO-TV and Allied Insurance. Katie Olson is a special education teacher at Sunset Heights Elementary. A school assembly to honor Olson was held when officials from Allied Insurance and WHO-TV presented her with the award. Olson said her greatest reward is watching her kids get excited about learning. She has been teaching at Sunset Heights for the past five years. The Golden Apple Award is marking its 20th year. It is Iowa's most revered award for teaching excellence given to one deserving teacher each month during the school year. To nominate a teacher, students write letters and e-mail to WHO television explaining why their teacher deserves the recognition. Each of the thousands of letters are received each year is read and judged. Each month, one lucky letter is chosen and a school assembly is arranged with the help of the school's principal. The winning teacher receives a beautiful water filled glass Golden Apple as a lasting commemoration of their achievement. Viewers can see Olson's story and her reaction to winning the Golden Apple on Channel 13 News Today in Iowa on Friday,March 21 between 5 and 5:30 a.m. It will also appear on the WHO-TV website.
• Northeast Hamilton School Board to meet Thursday evening.
• Hamilton County Supervisors to hold County Budget hearing on Tuesday morning.