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Webster City City Council to face brief agenda on Monday afternoon.
Posted: Jan 30 2015 by ppowers

A brief agenda will face the Webster City City Council meeting Monday afternoon at 5:15 at city hall. The council will consider a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the city attorney for legal services. Another resolution to be considered is the approval of an application for the Webster City Revitalization Plan involving a tax abatement at 1911 and 1913 Beach Street. Three public hearings for February 16 will be set.The first one is for the 2015-16 Capital Improvement Budget and 2015-16 through 2019-20 Capital Improvement Plan at 5:30 p.m. The second hearing is for the 2015-16 city budget at 5:35 p.m. The third hearing is for the proposed vacating of a portion of the East Street right of way. Monday's council meeting will be telecast live on Webster City Cable Channel 12 with repeat telecasts at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

VDMC to begin new Emergency Department Transition of Care Policy on February 6.
Posted: Jan 30 2015 by ppowers

 Officials with Van Diest Medical Center announced Thursday plans for a new Emergency Department Transition of Care Policy to take effect Februay 6,2015. Van Diest Medical Center CEO Lori Rathbun said after several months of review and discussion, evaluation of industry wide best practices of emergency medicine and with the guidelines of the hospital's legal representatives,the hospital board voted unanimously to rescind the "Emergency Department Patient Provider of Choice" policy and in its place approve a new policy entitled " Emergency Department of Transition of Care". Under the former policy,following a mandatory medical screening exam (MSE) in the emergency department, patients could request that they be seen by their local primary care physician who was not on-duty, nor officially on backup call for the Emergency Department. The new policy continues to ensure that all patients in the Emercency Department team consisting of qualified paramedics, nurses, mid-level providers and physicians. Therefore the provider who is on duty or the physician who is on backup call will be responsible for the care of the patient. Should the patient require critical care, a hospital admission or a transfer to another facility to receive the appropriate level of care, the on-call physician will notify the patient's local primary care provider and together they will work to ensure continuity of care. If it is determines that the patient's condition warrants admission to the hospital, care of the patient while an inpatient at Van Diest Medical Center will continue with the patient's physician of choice. There will be no exceptions to the new Emergency Department Transition of Care Policy.This policy does not prohibit the Emergency Department provider on-duty from contracting the patient's primary physician to discuss the patient's pertinent medical history and collaboratively arrange for care and or a follow up with high risk patients. You can find out more about this policy at the Van Diest Medical Center website at www.vandiestmc.org


South Hamilton School Board to meet for work session next Tuesday.
Posted: Jan 30 2015 by ppowers

 The South Hamilton Community School Board will meet for a work session Tuesday evening,February 3  at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School High School board room in Jewell. There will be presentation and a discussion pertaining to the district's capital projects financial status, prospective funding sources and alternatives, financin options and conceivable building projects based upon bonding conditions. The board will meet with Matt Gillaspie of Piper Jaffray and Mark Theissen of Angelo Architectural Associates. No action is expected to be taken.

Hamilton County Public Health Encourages HPV Vaccination
Posted: Jan 29 2015 by ppowers

 Hamilton County Public Health joins the Iowa Department of Public Health in a new effort focused on improving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among Iowa's teens and pre-teens. Among adolescents aged 11 to 18,66 percent have received the Tdap vaccine that protects against tetanus,diphtheria and pertussis, by comparison, only 29 percent have received the three dozes of HPV vaccine recommended for full protection. In Hamilton County, 28 percent have received three dozes of the HPV vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer. The "You are the Key" campaign targets parents, the decision makers when it comes to vaccinating their children. Hamilton County Public Health Director Shelby Kroona said about 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people become newly infected each year. In most cases HPV infection will go away and the individual will never know they had it however when HPV does not go away, it can cause a variety of cancers including cervical cancer. Parents are encouraged to take action now to protect their child against a cancer that can be prevented with a simple vaccination.

ACE kicks off a new corporate campaign
Posted: Jan 28 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Custom Meats, Mary Ann's Specialty Foods and three private donors are leading the way for All Cultures Equal, Incorporated (ACE) to kick off a new corporate campaign called FACE or Funding ACE Sustainably. These companies and individuals understand the value of ACE programs to improve compliance, productivity, safety, understanding, satisfaction and profit for their businesses and this region. ACE is the only multi-cultural community center in north central Iowa that offers classes, programs, events, assistance and space intended to empower individuals and families so that they can be part of thriving communities where they live and work. Currently,dozens of local employees and immigrants are participating in English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes taught by Iowa Central Community College at ACE. The students say that they are taking the three-night nine-hour per week class to improve their work opportunities and communications around the community. Members of the Conversational and Occupational Spanish Classes taught by a multi-cultural linguistic specialist say they are taking the courses to be able to communicate with employees, clients, neighbors, family members, for vacation purposes and just for fun. Once ESL students learn English if they don't have a high school degree, Iowa Central Community College and ACE helps them obtain their GED or High School Equivalency Test. When the timing is right, immigrants from many countries come to Citizenship Classes at ACE prepare for the United States Citizenship/Naturalization Test. Other ACE classes improve health and help people understand services and laws in the area. These companies are particularly interested in ACE becoming an approved site to help immigrants with their paperwork, World Relief sponsors Immigration Advocacy Training where non-profit and government agencies can be trained and approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration Appeals to receive Immigration Advocacy Accreditation. The closest agencies doing that in Iowa are in Des Moines, Davenport and Sioux City.  ACE is also the home of three of the world's best strategies to get local people and visitors together to celebrated local culture-gardens, markets and cultural celebrations. Through the FACES corporate campaign, ACE is creating awareness and asking for support from 42 area businesses where current ACE ESL students and their families work or would like to work.If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact ACE at 515-832-4153 or visit them at 1440 East Second Street in Webster City.

Fort Dodge Police investigating a robbery and theft that injures a Fort Dodge man.
Posted: Jan 28 2015 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge early Wednesday morning were dispatched to Grand Daddy's Bar at 1104 Central Avenue. As officers arrived,the victim, 55 year old Daniel Habhab of Fort Dodge stated that he had closed the bar for the night when he heard a knock at the door. Habhab unlocked the door when two younger males walked in  and stood in the area of the front entry. Habhab told the men that the bar was closed. When he turned to open the door to let them out, Habhab was jumped from behind. Habhab was fighting with the suspects.He was struck several times. An undetermined amount of cash was taken from Habhab before they fled the scene on foot. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the suspects. Habhab received a cut to his arm during the incident but declined medical attention at the scene. Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Fort Dodge Police Department at 515-573-1426.

Hamilton County sees increase in unemployment for December.
Posted: Jan 28 2015 by ppowers

 Hamilton County saw an increase in its unemployment numbers for December. The Iowa Workforce Development office announced Tuesday that the rate for last month was at 5.3 percent up from the November rate of 4.4 percent. There were 6,330 people employed while 360 residents were unemployed. Iowa's unemployment rate for December stood at 4.1 percent down from the November figure of 4.3 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties for December included Boone at 3 percent, Franklin at 3.6 percent,Hardin at 4.2 percent, Story at 2.7 percent, Webster at 5.1 percent and Wright at 3.8 percent.

Tax workshop coming to the Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach office Thursday evening.
Posted: Jan 28 2015 by ppowers

 A free workshop entitled "Your Chance to Get Ahead" is set for Thursday evening,January 29 at 6:30 at the Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach office at 311 Bank Street. The workshop will offer practical and simple steps you can take to improve your lives when you receive your tax refund. Human Services Specialist Barb Wollan said the workshop will help those weigh the pros and cons of saving versus paying off debt, and will also address long term benefits, evaluating major purchases and the importance of children learning to save. Pre registration is required by January 28 by calling the Hamiton County Extension office at 515-832-9597.

Hamilton County Conservation Board look at a solar array system for Little Wall Lake Park.
Posted: Jan 27 2015 by ppowers

 A proposed solar array system for Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell was discussed at Tuesday's meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board. Scott Griffin of G6 Power Solutions of Jewell presented information on a 187 kilowatt solar array system at the park that would be used in cooperation with Allliant Energy to produce Little Wall Lake's own electrical system. Griffin said the system would go on the electric grid owned by Alliant and draw electricity. The system would be good for a 20 year  purchase agreement. It would save Hamilton County $307,000 or 50 percent of the electrical costs at the park. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers plans to bring this proposal to the Board of Supervisors for review. Lammers said that there is another company that is drafting another proposal for a similar solar array system to be presented to the conservation board at a future meeting.

In another matter, the Hamilton County Conservation Board Tuesday is preparing to submit its budget for the 2016 fiscal year. The tax allocation for the budget is expected to be the same as last year. The total cost of the budget is at $1.2 million including revenue and expenditures.  There has also been an increase in insurance, water,electricity and the cost of living for the department's employees. The conservation board decided to take no action on the budget due to the absence of a board member at the meeting and to take a determination on the percentage of the cost of living. A special meeting on the budget issue will be set in the next few weeks.

Gilbert and O'Hearn selected WCHS Winterfest Queen and King.
Posted: Jan 27 2015 by ppowers

 Molly Gilbert and Connor O'Hearn are this year's Webster City High School Winterfest Queen and King. They were crowned during ceremonies Monday afternoon at Prem Sahai Auditorium. The other queen candidates were Madalyn Anderson, Mikaleh McCoy, Olinca Padierna,Ryann Powell and Shannon Swon. The king contestants were John Ferrell, Joel Hanus, Dominic Khaleet and Demetry Thongsouk. Gilbert and O'Hearn will reign over the week's festivites including the Winterfest dance set for this Saturday night from 8:00 until 11:00 at Webster City High School.

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