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Webster City Chamber to have quarterly coffee time on September 1.
Posted: Aug 26 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce will have its quarterly coffee meeting on Thursday,September 1 at 7:30 a.m. in the conference room of  the Van Diest Medical Center Family Clinic. There will be updates on what is happening at the chamber and in the community. All chamber members and guests are welcome to attend.

Strengthening Families Program to return September 20.
Posted: Aug 26 2016 by ppowers

 The Strengthening Families Program:For Parents and Youth 10-14 will return on September 20 for a seven week program. It helps parents to be kind but firm, using love and limits, improve communication, deal with anger more effectively and be consistent with rules and expectations. The program helps youth with handling peer pressure, dealing better with stress, showing respect for others and understanding and appreicating your family. The program is sponsored by Hamilton County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The evening will begin with a free meal at 5:30 and the program from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church. Free child care will be provided  for families in attendance. Each youth attending will also receive a gift for each session they attend with a parent or caregiver. For more information or to register, please call the Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach office at 515-832-9597.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning in Clarion.
Posted: Aug 26 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors office in Clarion. The agenda  will include the receiving of letters  of support and concern on the Prestage Foods of Iowa processing plant coming to Eagle Grove plus other matters that may come before the board.

Solar array project at Little Wall Lake postponed.
Posted: Aug 25 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board learned Thursday morning that the solar array project at Little Wall Lake Park south of Jewell has been put on hold. County conservation director Brian Lammers said the project is being delayed due to some investor issues with G6 Power Solutions. The Des Moines based firm was to have installed an alternative energy power system that would be used at the park. The conservation board will revisit the solar arrary project next year with more information to be provided by the company.

Discussion focused on the rural water infrastructure project for Briggs Woods Park. The board looked at installing a four inch watermain that would run from Highway 17 near Briggs Woods Park to the golf course club house into the golf course and to the Briggs Woods Park campground.  The existing infrastructure would carry the services of Xenia Rural Water. The estimated quote for this project is at $100,000. The Hamilton County Conservation Board directed Lammers to meet with the Hamilton County Supervisors about the water project.

The board accepted the resignation of Little Wall Lake Park officer Jason Gilmore. Gilmore has accepted a job through the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as a park ranger with Bellevue State Park south of Dubuque.

Progress is being made with the Jewellsworth recreational trail in southern Hamilton county. All three bridges have concrete decking on the trail. The work is now focused on grading the trail in preparation for pouring concrete.

The private fund raising effort for the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center is continuing. Officials with the county conservation department are continuing with Schlotfeldt Engineering of Webster CIty  on getting bids for the construction portion of the project. There was no date set on the bid deadline for the new center.

The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,September 29 at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Conservation office.

Webster City man facing charges after being arrested by Fort Dodge Police Wednesday night.
Posted: Aug 25 2016 by ppowers

 A Webster City man is facing charges after an incident late Wednesday night in Fort Dodge. Fort Dodge Police were notified of a burglary at Racing Unlimited,2606 200th Street. The Webster County Sheriff's Department assisted officers at the scene. Sgt. Chris O'Brien of the Webster County Sheriff's Office arrived first on the scene and was able to inform responding officers that the male suspect had fled in a white van heading eastbound out of town on 200th Street (Webster County Road D-20). Additional officers quickly arrived on the scene to search for any additional suspects and secure the scene.  Sgt. Dan Charlson of the Fort Dodge Police Department was able to continue east on 200th Street in an attempt to locate the fleeing vehicle. Approximately a half mile outside of Fort Dodge. Sgt. Charlson discovered the vehicle rolled over on its top in a bean field. A male subject was seen running from the scene of the accident and out into traffic. The subject was identified as the sole suspect and was taken into custody. He was identified as 35 year old Jason Onderdonck of Webster City. During the subsequent investigation into the incident, it became known Onderdonck had used the vehicle owned by Racing Unlimited, to ram the entry doors  in order to gain entry. In doing so, damage was also sustained to other property including a motorcycle and a truck. After this, Onderdonck fled in the stolen van, driving recklessly out of town. Moments before he lost control, Onderdonck had struck the rear end of a motorist traveling eastbound on 200th Street, causing Onderdonck to lose control and rolling the vehicle onto its top and into the field. The other driver involved in the collision was not harmed and sustained only minimal damage to his truck. Onderdonck was transpored to the Webster County Jail. He is charged with First Degee Theft, First Degree Criminal Mischief, Third Degree Burglary and Driving While Barred. The Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by the Webster County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol Fort Dodge Fire Department and Unity Point Trinity Regional Medical Center.

Special Webster City city council meeting set for Thursday.
Posted: Aug 24 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City city council will meet in a special session Thursday afternoon at 5:15 in the city hall council chambers. The council will consider a resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to enter into an agreement with the city manager providing for terms and conditions of employment. There will be a motion appointing Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez as city manage. The council on August 15 approved the hiring of Ortiz-Hernandez after an interview with him. He is the current city administrator in Kimball,Nebraska. 

Northeast Hamilton school board to meet Thursday evening.
Posted: Aug 24 2016 by ppowers

 The August meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be Thursday evening at 6:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg. The board will  receive a facilities report from Tyler Riley of FEH Design. There will also be the appointment of the school board secretary followed by the oath of office, consider an open enrollment request, designate the financial depositories and legal counsel for the school year, approve an interfund loan and review elevator options and quotes. In other matters, the Northeast Hamilton school board will consider contract recommendations and receive updates by superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger.

No change in Hamilton County unemployment rate.
Posted: Aug 24 2016 by ppowers

 There was no change in regards to the unemployment rate for Hamilton county for July. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported Tuesday the rate remained at 4 percent which was the same rate as in June. There were 9,190 people employed last month while 290 were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for July was at 4.1 percent which is up slightly from the June rate of 4 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties showed Boone county at 3.2 percent, Franklin at 3.6 percent, Hardin at 4.2 percent, Story county at an even 3 percent, Webster county at 4.6 percent and Wright county at 4.4 percent.

Hamilton County Board of Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Aug 22 2016 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be held Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The agenda will include personnel action in the sheriff and conservation departments. The board will consider the final plan approval for a bridge replacement project and with Cisco Firewall. There will be the approval of cancelling outstanding warrants and for a Transportation Safety Improvement Program plus other matters. 

Hamilton County Conservation Board to meet Thursday morning.
Posted: Aug 22 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office south of Webster City. The board will be updated on the Briggs Woods Golf Course Conference Center project, accept the resignation of a park officer, receive an update on the Solar Array project at Little Wall Lake park and a rural water infrastructure project will be reviewed. There will also be an update on the Iowa Association of County Conservation Board fall conference. Director Brian Lammers will also present his report to the board on current activities in the county park and recreation areas.

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