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Clarion City Council look at loan agreements.
Posted: Apr 23 2014 by ppowers

 At a meeting held early this week, the Clarion City Council approved a resolution for the contract, performance and or payment bonds for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project to Wicks Construction. Paul Donna of Robert W. Baird and Company Incorporated was present to discuss the G.O.  Annual Appropriation Bonds in the amount of $1,210,000 and Tax Exempt Bonds at $1,520,000 totaling $2,730,000 for paying costs for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project. A public hearing  was held to take additional action on the proposal to enter into a G.O. Annual Appropriation Loan Agreement with Robert W. Baird and Company in a principal amount not to exceed $3,000,000 for paying costs for the White Fox Landing project. No written or oral comments received with the agreement approved.

Another public hearing on the proposed plans, specification form of contract and estimate of costs for Traffic Signalization Improvements at the intersection of Iowa Highway 3 and Second Street. There were no written or oral objections received with the project being approved. Clarion City Administrator Rochelle Pohlman informed the council that on April 17, there was a bid opening for the project. Three of the bids were opened with KW Electric being the apparent bidder at $98,785. The bid from KW Electric was accepted for the project.

The Clarion City Council also approved the financial support of $2000 for a County Wide Housing Needs Assessment. 

The council thanked Chief Steve Hennigar for 33 years of service to the city of Clarion. An open house for Hennigar will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Police/Ambulance Building.

Hamilton County Conservation Board turn down plans for can collection project at Bells Mill Park.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board voted to turn down the request from the Stratford Stride for pop can collection site at Bells Mill Park near Stratford on Tuesday. The club was going to use the money collected from the can site for their many projects. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said the reason that the request was rejected was due to setting a precedent with other organizations in the county offering a similar activity in other county parks. Other concerns focused on safety, an infestation of insects and rodents, the site used as a dumpster for garbage and the county parks carry out policy that has been in place the last few years.

Work on the new cabin facilities at Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake Parks are nearing completion. Director Lammers said that reservations for the latest cabin sites will be accepted in time for next month's Memorial Day weekend. An open house for the cabins is set for sometime in June.

A request to allow the Border Brigade Archery Club to have a 3D target shoot event in May at Briggs Woods Park was approved by the Conservation Board Tuesday morning. The event will be held northwest of Shelter Number 3 inside the park. The board will evaluate this event at its conclusion to see if similar target shoot events will be held during the summer and early fall months.

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

Boy and Cub Scouts thank everyone for food and can donations!
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 

The annual Scouting For Food and Pop Can drive was held Saturday by member of Boy Scout Troop 17 and Cub Scout Pack 583. Scouts and their family members canvassed Webster City collecting donations of redeemable beverage containers and non perishable food items. Approximately 24,000 cans and bottles were collected and sorted, which will give the Scouts $1,200 to put toward the Hamilton County Cub Scout Day Camp to be held June 20 and 21 at Briggs Woods Park, as well as other scouting activities. Non perishable food items exceeded 1,300 individual food and hygiene items that were donated to U.D.M.O. for local families in need. Scoutmaster Dave Bergeson wanted to thank the community for their ongoing support, as well as all volunteers that helped canvass and collect items last Saturday morning.

 

Hamilton County unemployment numbers down in March.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 Hamilton County saw a drop in its unemployment rate for March. The Iowa Workforce Development office reported the rate was at 5.8 percent down from the February rate of 6.4 percent. There were 6,100 people employed in the county while 300 were without work in Hamilton County last month. Iowa's unemployment rate was 4.5 percent up from the February rate of 4.4 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding counties showed Boone at 3.8 percent, Franklin at 5.2, Hardin at 5.1, Story at 3.3 percent, Webster at 5.8 percent and Wright at 5.1 percent.

Hamilton County Red Bull Division and Veterans Historical Monument to be dedicated next month.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 

 

Plans were announced Tuesday morning for the Red Bull Division and Hamilton County Veterans Historical Monument by the Hamilton County Supervisors. The monument will be located on the southeast courthouse grounds facing both Hospital and Red Bull Division Drive. The monument is to honor all members of Company E Red Bull Division Drive and who have served our country in the armed forces. It measures eight feet wide and 13 feet tall and will be made out of brush stainless steel. Stoney Creek Landscapes is designing the monument. Ground work on the project started late last week.There will be four panels built near the monument. Two of the panels will tell the story of Company E serving in World War 2 and the other two panels will focus on their role in the Sprit Lake Massacre over 150 years ago. The dedication of the monument will be Friday,May 23 at 10:00 a.m. on the southeast grounds of the Hamilton County Courthouse.

Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Grant Applications to be accepted April 28.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board have announced the schedule for the 13th round of Hotel/Motel Tax Grants. The grants are for the purpose of increasing tourism and visitors to Webster City. The applications will be accepted beginning April 28. The grant training for applicants will be held at City Hall on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Deadline for all applications are May 30 at 4:00 p.m. Applications will be presented to the  Hotel Motel Tax Committee on June 3. The first round review to determine the finalists will be June 11 at 5:00 p.m. The final televised presentations will be held June 23 at 5:00 p.m. with the recommendation memo to City Hall on June 25 at 5:00 p.m. A presentation of the recommendations will be during the July 7th City Council meeting at 5:15 p.m. The grant applications can be obtained at the City Clerk office in City Hall or online at www.webstercity.com. For further additional information please contact City Hall at 832-9151.

Hamilton County Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 A presentation of the Red Bull Division and Hamilton County Veterans Historical Monument will be one of the highlights at Tuesday's meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors.  There will be a hearing to amend the 2014 county budget beginning at 9:15 followed by a resolution to adopt the budget. The supervisors will consider a contract for the Iowa Department of Public Health Substance Abuse Prevention Service Grant for the 2015 fiscal year.  In personnel matters, the board will acknowledge a hiring in the Hamilton County Public Health office and a cell phone reimbursement. The board meets at 9:00 Tuesday morning.

Northeast Hamilton sets public hearing on whole grade sharing agreement with Webster City.
Posted: Apr 22 2014 by ppowers

 The Northeast Hamilton Community School Board on Monday approved the proposed form of the whole grade sharing agreement with Webster City. A public hearing for entering the agreement for grades 7 through 12 for the 2015-16 school year has been set for Thursday,May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the elementary media center in Blairsburg.  The Webster City school board will have a similar hearing at one of its May board meetings. In personnel matters, the Northeast Hamilton board accepted the resignation of head boys and girls high school golf coach Jeff Meyer and junior high girls volleyball coach Joni Smith.

Authorities release name in Iowa Falls standoff
Posted: Apr 18 2014 by ppowers

 Authorities have now released the name of the man who was shot to death by law enforcement authorities in Iowa Falls Thursday afternoon. He is 25 year old Leighton C. Fitz of Iowa Falls. On Thursday afternoon, the Iowa Falls Police Department responded to an emergency call of an armed suicidal man at 413 College Street. Upon arrival Fitz exited the residence armed with several weapons and wearing a bullet proof vest. Fitz refused to obey commands from officers on the scene and reached for a weapon. After refusing to drop the weapon, officers fired rounds fatally striking Fitz. After a search of the residence, agents with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation found multiple loaded weapons and a gas mask. Agents also discovered threats toward officers on Fitz's Facebook page. An autopsy is being conducted by Dr. Michelle Catellier at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny. Five officers were involved in the shooting:two Iowa Falls Police Officers and three DPS officers.All officers involved in the shooting are currently on administrative leave pending the investigation. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation along with the Iowa State Patrol,Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Hardin and Franklin County Sheriff's Departments and the Iowa Falls Police Department are assisting in the investigation. No additional information will be released until the investigation is complete.

Clarion City Council to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Apr 18 2014 by ppowers

 The Clarion City Council meets Monday evening at 5:00 at the city hall in Clarion. The council will consider a resolution approving the contract, performance and or payment bonds for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project with Wicks Construction Company of Decorah. A public hearing will be held at 5:15 p.m. to take additional action on the proposal to enter into a G.O. Loan Agreement in a principal amount not to exceed three million dollars for paying the cost of infrastructure for the White Fox Landing Improvement Project. Another public hearing is at 5:30 p.m. for the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for Traffic Signalization Improvements at the intersection of Iowa Highway 3 and Second Street. The council will consider the financial support of $2000 for a County Wide Housing Needs Assessment.

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