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Hamilton County Conservation Board looks at strategic planning for the future
Posted: Nov 20 2014 by ppowers

 At their Thursday morning meeting the Hamilton County Conservation Board met with Pat Bodie of RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines on strategic planning for conservation department. Bodie will be working with three central Iowa conservation departments based in Boone, Hamilton and Webster Counties on the future planning for conservation activities and development. The total cost of this effort is $20,000 made possible through a grant from the Iowa Parks Foundation. There was no action take by the Hamilton County Conservation Board on this project with this issue to be revisited again in the next few months.

Briggs Woods Golf Course director Russ Appel informed the conservation board that the work on putting new concrete in the golf course clubhouse events area has been postponed. Appel plans to seek funding for this projects through the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and other funding opportunities.

Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said he met with the city officials in Ellsworth and Jewell earlier this month regarding the Jewellsworth trail project. He said there is a need for an additional $200,000 to start the construction effort. This fall the Hamilton County Conservation Department received a grant for $647,150 from the Iowa Department of Transporation for the start of the trail work linking both communities. The goal is to have ground broken for this project sometime next year.

The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Tuesday,December 23 at 9:30 at their office in Briggs Woods Park.                                                       

Northeast Hamilton School Board announce plans for the final high school commencement ceremony.
Posted: Nov 20 2014 by ppowers

 Plans for the final commencement ceremony for the seniors at Northeast Hamilton High School were discussed at this week's meeting of the school board. The graduation will be Sunday afternoon, May 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. The reason for the early ceremony was to allow school superintendent Mike Sherwood and Northeast Hamilton assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger to travel to Webster City High School for their commencement ceremony at 2:00 that same afternoon. Currently 14 seniors will make up the final graduating class at the school in Blairsburg. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, middle and high school students from Northeast Hamilton will be attending classes and activities at Webster City as part of the whole grade sharing arrangement that will be taking effect.

The Northeast Hamilton board approved an application that will be submitted to the School Budget Review Committee requesting allowable growth in the amount of $48,968  for open enrollment out students on the Fall 2014 Certified Enrollment but not on the Fall 2013 Certified Enrollment. The final approval of the request will be made in the next few weeks. A service contract with Tyco/Simplex  for the master time clock and fire alarm system was approved in the amount of $3500. 

Northeast Hamilton residents are reminded to please return the district childcare needs assessment as soon as possible. The survey will determine future needs for child care services in the school district. A complete report will be presented at the next board session. The board also approved a Head Start memorandum of understanding for support services and collaborative efforts between Northeast Hamilton and Head Start.

Principal Mike Kruger said there was 95 percent participation in the parent teacher conferences held earlier this month. There will be another round of conferences next March.

Seven applications received for Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Grants.
Posted: Nov 19 2014 by ppowers

 The latest round of organizations applying for Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Grants were reviewed by its board members late Tuesday afternoon. Seven organizations submitted their applications. They include:

Border Brigade Archery requesting $5,735 for the National Archery in the School Program  and for Winter Tournaments.

Hamilton County Saddle Club requesting $4,079 for the enhancement project of the arena on the north side of Webster City.

Kendall Young Library requesting $5,000 for a program entitled "Walking in his Grandfather's Footsteps:Author Presentation and Writer's Workshop by Tom Shroder, the grandson of author Mackinlay Kantor.

Legacy Learning Boone River Valley requesting $10,000 for a Winter Weekend Getaway and Fall Family Weekend Event.

Webster City Area Chamber and Iowa Antique Network requesting $2,282 for the second annual JunqueFest next Memorial Day weekend.

Webster City Community Theater requesting $7,525 for improvements to their Performing Arts Center on Willson Avenue.

Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee requesting $16,975 for work on the Bonebright Depot Museum and Information Center.

Presentations by the seven organizations will be Wednesday,December 3 at 6:30 at City Hall. The final determination of recommendations will be made at a meeting of the Hotel Motel Board will be Thursday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m.The recommendations will be forwarded to the Webster City City Council for final approval at their December 15 meeting.

Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County announcing Friends Campaign Kickoff.
Posted: Nov 19 2014 by ppowers

 The Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County have announced the date of Tuesday,December 2 for the annual kickoff of the Friends Campaign. The event is to start the annual fund raising project for the operation of the center located at 321 Second Street. This year's kickoff will be held from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County ISU Extension and Outreach office at 311 Bank Street. There will be a presentation by a program participant,the presentation of Philanthropy Awards to Pat and Doris Merrill, the Webster City Rotary Club and the W.C. Cruisers and a staff service award to Margaret Epplin. The center will also present a volunteer service award to Barb Franzen.Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public. The Youth and Family Service Center provides counseling and other services to families and youth in the Hamilton County area. You can find out more about their services by calling 515-832-1061.

Dermand retiring from VDMC board of trustees.
Posted: Nov 19 2014 by ppowers


Longtime Van Diest Medical Center board of trustee member Nancy Dermand read her letter of retirement to the members of the board Tuesday night. In her letter Dermand stated that watching the hospital attain many of the goals that she has struggled to see over the past 23 years has been positive.She said that she has witnessed a great deal of change and have come to realize that times of change hold the most potential for opportunity. Dermand said that she is confident in the  positive direction the hospital is heading knowing that the administration, board members, medical staff and employees are accountable to each other and to the residents of Hamilton County. Board president Carroll Ose thanked Dermand for her years of service. A search will begin in finding Dermand's replacement. The goal is to have a member in place in time by January.

Final meeting of the year for the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission is Thursday.
Posted: Nov 18 2014 by ppowers

 The final meeting of the year for the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will be Thursday afternoon at 5:15 at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center meeting room. Topics to be covered include the inclusion of students with the commission and plans for the Fuller Hall Health Fair set for January 17 plus other matters that may come before the commission.

Hamilton County Conservation Board meets Thursday.
Posted: Nov 18 2014 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 agenda will include an update on plans for the golf course clubhouse events area, a look at personal time off and a strategic planning presentation by RDG Planning and Design. Director Brian Lammers will have an update on current activities in the parks and conservation areas of the county.

Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Nov 18 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees will be Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the hospital conference room. The agenda for this meeting will include approval of hospital bylaws, acceptance of the nominating committee report, consider capital requests and a board member request to address the board. There will also be an update by Van Diest Medical Center C.E.O. Lori Rathbun on current activites at the hospital. The board will go into a closed session at the conclusion of the meeting.

Hamilton County Board of Health to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 14 2014 by ppowers

 The November meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health will be Thursday afternoon at 5:00 at the public health conference room at 820 James Street. The agenda includes a presentation by Community Health Consultant Heather Bombei, approve a Case Management Self Assessment and Family Planning Contract. The board will receive the annual health department report and issues in regards to Ebola. There will also be a report from director Shelby Kroona on current activities in the public health department.

Eagle Grove man turns himself in on child endangerment charge
Posted: Nov 14 2014 by ppowers


 A 30 year old Eagle Grove man turned himself in to the Wright County Jail on November 10 as a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Jordan E. Olson was charged with Child Endangerment. On February 27,2014, a report was made to the Eagle Grove Police Department about possible child abuse. Eagle Grove Police interviewed the young that was allegedly abouse and his brother. The boy was taken to Iowa Specialty Hospital in Clarion for treatment after the boys claimed that the mother's boyfriend, Jordon E.Olson had assaulted the boy. The Iowa Divsion of Criminal Investigation was in to assist in the investigation. Olson is currently released on his own recognizance.

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