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Wright County Supervisors will meet Monday morning.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room in Clarion. The board will meet with county engineer Adam Clemons on road updates. Mental Health/Developmental Disabled  Coordinator Jen Sheehan will give an update on Case Management and possibly request to make an offer to hire an office manager in the Professional Building. A hearing will be held at 10 a.m. on the the agreement for Drainage District 39.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot in Webster City is cancelled.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The annual Turkey Trot 5K fun run and walk scheduled for Thanksgiving morning in Webster City sponsored by the local parks and recreation department has been cancelled due to the cold and snowy conditions.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The next Webster City City Council meeting will be Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. Agenda items will include a report by Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Brown on chamber activities in the community. A resolution approving the executed warranty deed conveying the remaining portion of Lot 3 in the Wall Creek First Addition to Lynn and Debbie Jaycox will be considered. The purchase of a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe for the Webster City Police Department will be presented for review. The council will set Monday,January 5 at 5:30 for a public hearing on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2015 Street Improvement Project. There will be a public hearing on the submittal of a Community Development Block Grant application to the Iowa Department of Economic Development will be held at 5:30. Monday's council meeting will be telecast live on cable channel 12 with repeat telecasts at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Webster City Police Dept. Employee Association and the city begin new contract negotiations.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 Members of the Webster City Police Department Employee Association AFSCME (American Federation of State County Municipal Employees) Local 1941 made their proposal for a new three year contract on Wednesday morning.The union is proposing a three percent across the board wage increase for each year of the agreement. Other proposals included an increase in the accrual of Compensatory time from 64 hours to 80 hours, the addition of personal day, the allowing of 100 rounds of ammunition per month to each officer for training purposes and access to the Fuller Hall recreation center at no cost to the employees of the police department. The city came back with its counter proposal to association. It is for an increase of one percent in wage rates for employees for each year of the agreement. Talks between the city and the police department employee association will be behind closed doors. The association represents the police officers and dispatchers. The contract when approved will take effect July 1, 2015 through June 30,2018.

Clarion City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Clarion City Council will be Monday afternoon at 5:00 in the council chambers. The council will set January 5,2015 for a public hearing to review an application for a State Revolving Fund Loan and environmental information documents for the Wastewater Treatment Facility improvement project. There will also be a discussion on a sewer connection plus other matters that may come before the council.

Three area fire departments awarded grants by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Posted: Nov 26 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau and the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday the awarding of $207,807  in 50 percent cost-share grants to 82 rural Iowa fire departments to aid their efforts in protecting Iowans and their property from wildfires. Three of those departments are in the KQWC listening area. They are Duncombe,Otho and Stratford. DNR Forestry Bureau fire supervisor Gail Kantak stressed the importance of submitting Wildland Fire Reports whenever fire departments respond to a wildland fire or provide assistance to a prescribed or controlled wildland fire. Departments actively returning these reports receive priority points when the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant applications are scored. These wildland fire reports are compiled locally and nationally and are reported to Congress. You can find out more about this at www.iowadnr.gov/fire



Unemployment down slightly for October in Hamilton County.
Posted: Nov 25 2014 by ppowers

 The Iowa Workforce Development office reported today that Hamilton County's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent for October.The rate is down from the September rate of 4.7 percent. There were 6,610 people employed in the county with 300 people unemployed during last month. Iowa's unemployment rate for October was at 4.5 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties showed Boone at 3.0 percent, Franklin at 3.7 percent, Hardin at 3.6 percent, Story at 2.9 percent, Webster at 4.6 percent and Wright at 3.5 percent.

Wacky Wednesday coming to Webster City this week.
Posted: Nov 25 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City retailers are set for another Wacky Wednesday on November 26 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Local merchants will offer special deals as a way to begin the holiday shopping season. Participating stores include Osweilers, Heart 'n Home, Relax the Bath, SOS Vintage, R Company, Stony Creek Landscapes, Classic Carpet and Interiors, Critter Nation, Phairytales Salon, Webster City Tru Value, Lamperts and the Webster Theater. A few of the deals include $59 lighted blossom tres for use indoors or outside at Classic Carpet and Interiors, movie passes for $5 each at the Webster Theater. You can also buy 10  passes and get two free at the Webster Theater. A concession certificate for $5 each also at the Webster Theater. R Company in downtown Webster City will offer a deal of buying one get one free,75 percent off and 50 percent off on select merchandise.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Nov 24 2014 by ppowers

 A budget amendment hearing for the 2015 fiscal year will be a part of Tuesday's Hamilton County Supervisors meeting. The board will approved resolutions for the 2015 fiscal year budget amendment and appropriations. There will be reports from the Hamilton County Clerk of Court, Elderbridge Agency on Aging and the Annual Urban Renewal Report for the 2014 fiscal year. In other matters, the supervisors will look at personnel matters with Hamilton County Emergency Management, Sheriff and Treasurer offices.  A resolution for a tax abatement will be discussed by the board. Contracts with Group Services for a Compliance Audit and a purchase agreement for property for the Red Bull Sub-division will be considered. The board will sign a proclamation for Home Base Iowa will be held plus other matters.

Contract presentation by AFSCME set for Wednesday at Webster City City Hall.
Posted: Nov 25 2014 by ppowers

 The City of Webster City Administration will receive the initial collective bargaining proposal by members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees for a new contract for its members. After the proposal is made, the city will come back with their counter proposal. This agreement covers city employees. The presentation is set for 10 Wednesday morning at City Hall.

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