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Webster City City Council will meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Dec 12 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Police Officer Jordan Elonich will present a report on the Multi Cultural Liaison Program at Monday's Webster City City Council meeting. There will be the first reading on a proposed ordinance for water system rates in the city. Other issues facing the council will be a resolution approving the application for the Webster City Revitalization Plan involving the tax abatement at 1121 Bell Avenue,seek bids for a Utility Cargo Van and Utility Shelving for the Line Department and a Zero Turn Mower for Graceland Cemetery. A resolution providing for the notice of a hearing on the proposed plans,specifications, form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2015 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project will be on Monday's agenda. A three year work agreement between the city and  the Webster City Police Department wll be presented for approval. Another agreement to be considered is with Cutting Edge Tree Service of Mason City for tree trimming and removal services. Webster City City Council member Logan Welch will present a report on the community feedback task force. Meeting time is 5:15 Monday afternoon. The council proceedings will be telecast on Cable Channel 12 with repeat telecasts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Santa Claus to make Saturday visits to Hamilton County!
Posted: Dec 11 2014 by ppowers

 With two weeks to go before the big day, Santa Claus will make appearances across Hamilton County on Saturday. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation between 9 and 11 in the morning meeting with children of all ages.In Williams Santa Claus will be at the Williams Fire Station at 10 Saturday morning. He will also make a 1:00 p.m. appearance at the Stanhope Public Library as part of a Christmas celebration beginning at 12:30. Santa's last stop of the day will be in Ellsworth as he will be at the Ellsworth Fire Station at 5:30 during a beefburger supper served up by the Ellsworth Fire and Rescue Department.

Hamilton County Crimestoppers releases its Most Wanted for December.
Posted: Dec 11 2014 by ppowers

 The December Most Wanted poster for the Hamilton County Crimesoppers for December has been released. They include:

Dustin Paul Vandemark for Failure to Appear on Possession of Marijuana Second Offense with a reward of $150.

Brandon Michael Pelz for Contempt of Court Failure to Pay Child Support with a reward of $75.00.

Alvino Jose Deleon for Failure to Appear for Operating While Intoxicated Second Offense, Operation withou Owners Consent, and Obstructing Prosecution with a reward of $150.

Jacob Dean Stout for No Bond Two Day Mittimus for Possesion of Marijuana with a reward of $75.00

Lucinia Ruth Ramos-Duran for Failure to Appear for Aiding and Abetting and Driving While License Suspended with a reward of $75.00.

Robert J. Ohanlon for two counts of Fifth Degree Theft with a reward at $75.00.

Somsak Yo Phiwthong for four counts of  Pretrial Report Violation of Controlled Substance:Methamphetamine with a reward of $175.00.

Timothy Brian Conwell for Simple Assault with a reward of $50.00

Alyn James Davis for Violation of Probation Original Charge Possession of Burglary Tools with a reward of $75.00.

Jeffrey Ray Minnick for Probation Violation Attempted Burglary and Failure to Appear on a Domestic Abuse Charged with a reward of $175.

Rewards are also offered for tips leading to an arrest for criminal activity. The information has been provided by the Webster City Police Department, EJS Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department If you have any information on the whereabouts of these individuals please call Crimestoppers at 515-832-8437. Text your tips to CRIMES (274637) with the Keyword (IA40). 


Eagle Grove School Board faces brief agenda.
Posted: Dec 11 2014 by ppowers

 The Eagle Grove Community School Board on Monday approved the request for a Dropout Prevention Modified Supplemental grant totaling $270,902 for the 2015-16 school year. The board set a hearing for March 24,2015 with the School Budget Review Committee to ask for a Modified Supplemental Amount of $4733 for asbsestos removal at the Robert Blue Middle School. The resignation of Lorrie Allen as cheer coach was accepted. Contracts with Lanny Parrott, Randy Andrews and Ben Baker as assistant boys basketball coaches and cheer sponsor Jill Link were all approved.The Eagle Grove School Board designated superintendent Jess Tolliver to sign payments for the Activity Fund and the School Nutrition Fund or authorize electronic funds transfers to sign payments for 2014-15 .

Roland Story School Board approve suspension of school student.
Posted: Dec 11 2014 by ppowers

 At their meeting earlier this week, the Roland Story Community School Board approved the suspension of a student. The approval of the suspension was during a closed session. The student was expelled from school for the rest of the school year, school activities and school premises. At the conclusion of the expulsion period, an application for readmission must be submitted to and approved by the school board prior to the student's readmission. There was no information as to the circumstances behind the suspension.

The Roland Story board approved a quote from Norseman Electric to upgrade the lighting in the north gym of the middle school. Work on the project will begin in the next few weeks.Board members also approved directing the sale of $4,508,000 in School Infrastructure Sales, Services and Use Tax Revenue Bonds for future school projects.  A quote from Websites to Impress totaling $9,355 for the first year and $11,650 over five years for the design and development of a new Roland Story district website was approved. The board also approved the application for modified allowable growth for At Risk and Dropout Prevention in the amount of $221,000 and Limited English Proficiency Allowable Costs at $10,810. 

In personnel matters, the Roland Story school board approved the resignation of middle school  special education associate Mark Walton. Volunteer coaching contracts were approved for Bob Berggren for high school boy's basketball, Tim Patterson, Adam Pitman and Clint Rothfus for high school wrestling and Ben Knutson for middle school wrestling.

Stratford School Board to meet Wednesday,December 17.
Posted: Dec 11 2014 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Stratford Community School Board will be Wednesday,December 17 at 5:30 at the school library. The board will get a financial update, review board policies 400 through 600, an update on the new fuel tank being installed near the bus barn facility,and consider an Enhance Hamilton County Foundation grant.Superintendent Sarah Binder will report on the teacher leadership and compensation system update, early literacy initiative, hour of code, and a modified allowable growth-extended year summer program plus other matters.

Stratford City Council votes in favor of United Coop building permit.
Posted: Dec 11 2014 by ppowers

 The Stratford City Council this week met with representatives of the United Coop on their request for a building permit. Jack McGonegle commented the expansion is needed so that farmers can move in and out quicker. Stratford mayor Mike Neperney asked what the net effect of the dryer would be. McGonegle replied  that the unit would be cleaner,quieter and faster than the present unit noting that the current unit does 1200 bushels per hour and the new unit will do 3500 bushels per hour. Once the new bin and drying unit is up and running, the old service will be removed. Stratford council member Larry Runyan said that he had heard concerns from the project's adjacent neighbors regarding noise and other things that could happen. He also asked about other areas to locate the project, continuing to say that it sounds like the Coop is working with the community. Another council member Mark Scott asked what happens if structural problems occur and where does the grain flow. Doran Stakey from the United Coop said it all depends on where the bin breaks. Council member Rick Woodard objected to the general principals of the project due to his issue that he felt the United Coop did not speak to the neighbors regarding the project. Council member Travis Sonksen commented that they have been a good supporter of Stratford for more than twenty years. Sonksen told the council the people who bought property in an area where the Coop  had been already established. The Coop is working to control noise and chaff issues with new and more efficient fans.  Council member Scott said he is for expansion but questioned having a bin like that in one's back yard and if the project could be repositioned. After much discussion the council voted 3 to 2 to award the building permit to the United Coop.Council members Haman, Runyan and Sonksen voted in favor while council members Scott and Woodard voted no.

Hamilton County Compensation Board to set salaries of county elected officials on December 16.
Posted: Dec 10 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Compensation Board  will begin the work on setting the salaries of elected county officials next week.  The board will meet Tuesday,December 16 at 1:00 p.m. at the supervisors board room. The recommendations will be presented to the supervisors at one of the their future meetings.

Fort Dodge Police officer helps save the life of a child.
Posted: Dec 09 2014 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge Police Officer is credited with saving the life of a 18 month old boy late Monday afternoon. A call came through the Webster County Communications Center that a child was choking at the Chen Garden restaurant at 217 South 25th Street. Police and Fire/Rescue personnel were dispatched to the call. The boy was reportedly choking on a grape. Margaret Garcia of Fort Dodge reported that her son was eating when he started choking and turned a purpleish color. She reported to officers that the grape could not be dislodged from sons throat. A 911 call was then made. Officer Cody Harris, a nearly 2 year officer with the Fort Dodge Police Department was first on the scene as he rendered medical aid to the child. A short time later the child expelled the lodged grape particles and began breathing normally. The child was later examined on the scene by Fort Dodge rescue professionals in an ambulance who then released the child a short time later as being healthy.

South Hamilton School Board sets hearing for early start date for next year's school calendar.
Posted: Dec 09 2014 by ppowers

 The South Hamilton Community School Board Monday evening set Monday,January 12 at 6:00 p.m. for a public hearing on the 2015-16 calendar early start date public hearing. The calendar is expected to be presented to the board for review and approval. South Hamilton superintendent Ken Howard informed the board that the results of a survey regarding the school calendar was shared. Each of the findings will be used during the development process. Staff members are working with school officials on the calendar including the dates for professional development and parent teacher conferences for next school year beginning in mid August. 

The board also approved a recommendation to revise each of the district's early retirement programs by changing a statement regarding the program would be offered every year to eligible employees to an early retirement program shall be offered through resolution every year to eligble employees upon approval of the South Hamilton school board. The school board approved the resolution that extends the deadline to request early retirement be extended to January 31, 2015.

A Modified Supplemental Amount Application for Dropout Prevention in the amount of $207,000 was approved. A request for replacing the lights in the Industrial Tech area was also approved by the board. 

In other matters, the South Hamilton school board heard from the administration team on their meeting with the Baker Group to determine if their services might be used to improve any facilities improvement processes and subsequent projects in collaboration with Angelo Architects and Mark Thiessen. Information regarding the meeting was shared with the school board.A copy of a survey the South Hamilton district sent out to preschool parents and guardians in order to determine possible interest in transportation being provided by  the school district during given schedule times during the day was shared along with the results.

The South Hamilton board presented a Hawk Pride-Superior Achievement award to Matt Schutt. Steph Vierkandt was recognized as the Character Counts in Iowa Dance Coach of the Year last week during state competition in Des Moines. An overnight stay request was approved for the South Hamilton vocal students at Wartburg College's Meistersinger Honor Choir program in Waverly.

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