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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.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning
Posted: Nov 24 2014 by ppowers

 The Wright County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday morning at 9:00 for their weekly meeting. The board will hear from Wright County Treasurer Peggy Schluttenhofer will report to the board on the abatement of taxes on delinquent property now owned by the city of Clarion plus other matters that may come before the board.

Webster City Community School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Nov 21 2014 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Webster City Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the school administration building on Beach Street. The board will watch one of the highlights of the high school fall production "Peter Pan", consider the intent to bargain with the Webster City Educational Services Association for a new contract, review the music trip presentation to St. Louis this spring and consider a fund raising request. In other matters, the Webster City school board will consider a modified allowable growth request, review the textbook inventory, look at mental health services and consider authorizing a resolution of disclosure activities and participate in the municipalities continuing disclosure cooperative initiative plus other matters. There will be a work session following Monday's school board meeting to complete the Iowa Association of School Boards survey.No action will be taken at this session.

Webster City Airport Commission to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 21 2014 by ppowers

 The November meeting of the Webster City Airport Commission will be Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 in the city hall council chambers. The agenda includes approving the chairperson and airport manager signing a claim for a reimbursement ,statement of completion and the final acceptance of the crack sealing project to the Iowa Department of Transportation. The airport commission will consider approving the five year Airport Capital Improvement Program for the 2016 fiscal year to the Iowa Department of Transportation. In other matters, the Webster City airport commission consider a three year fixed based operator's lease agreement with Storm Flying Service, Incorporated and for an airport management agreement with Storm Flying Service plus other matters.

Brief agenda faces Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission.
Posted: Nov 21 2014 by ppowers

 A brief agenda faced the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission at their meeting Thursday afternoon. Director Kent Harfst informed the commission members that 25 vendors have registered for the January 17 Fuller Hall Health Fair. There is no cost for the vendors and no cost for the public to attend. The fair will feature demonstrations and booths on health and fitness from area businesses and organizations.The commission looked into the including of students with the parks and recreation commission. Rather than trying to coordinate students attending commission meetings, Director Harfst will visit with Patsy Brock's Project Explore and Project Business Classes at the Webster City Middle School to find out what new things students would like to be offered. This was the last meeting of the year for the commission with the next scheduled meet set for January 15,2015.

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.

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