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Van Diest Medical Center Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: Apr 20 2015 by ppowers

 The next Van Diest Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting is set for Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the hospital conference room. The agenda will include appointments to the medical staff, approve a foundation nomination to the Board of Directors and Slate of Officers,and approve a foundation request for affiliation with the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and Endow Iowa Program. The board will consider the request from the hospital foundation to purchase an AED defibrilator unit,naming of the Privacy, Compliance and Security Officers, Engagement of Audit Firm and approve the capital requests. Van Diest Medical Center CEO and administrator Lori Rathbun will have a report on current activites at the hospital. There will also be a financial and medical staff report plus other matters. The board will also meet in a closed session at the conclusion of Tuesday's meeting.

Simon Estes concert tickets for May on sale now!
Posted: Apr 20 2015 by ppowers


Tickets are now on sale for the May 10 Roots and Wings concert featuring Iowa native Simon Estes at Prem Sahai Auditorium at Webster City High School. He will perform a variety of selections and will be joined by guest artist soprano Leah McIntire-Barnett and area high school chorus members. Ticket prices are $50 for reserved seats, $25 for general seating and $10 for high school students and under. Tickets are available by going online at www.wcctonline.org or at the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce at 628 Second Street. All proceeds will go toward an endowed scholarship fund for Hamilton County high school graduates. Concert time on May 10 is 2:00 p.m.

Divers recover body of Nevada man at Little Wall Lake south of Jewell
Posted: Apr 20 2015 by ppowers

 Divers recovered the body of a Nevada man early Friday afternoon at Little Wall Lake south of Jewell. The name of the victims is 29 year old Zong Xiong . A set of keys, sunglasses and possibly the man's vehicle were found on the south side of the lake. Search boats were called  to assist at the lake in locating Xiong. The Hamilton County Sheriff's and Conservation Departments and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are investigating the incident. Hamilton County Sheriff Denny Hagenson said the drowning appeared to be accidental and no foul play was involved.

Hamilton County Board of Health applies for grants
Posted: Apr 17 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Health on Thursday afternoon approved the applications for two grants. The first was for EMS services  for $5000 for the next fiscal year.The second grant applied was for the Love Our Kids prevention program through the Iowa Department of Public Health for $1500. The grant provides funding to federally appointed rural areas in the state to develop and implement injury prevention and education intiatives for children.

The board also met with Tiffany Larson of the CAPP or Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program. Larson informed the board members that  next month will be observed as Teen Empowerment Month. The purpose is to educate Iowa's teenage population on the consequences of pregnancy and  prevention. There will be special activities through the month in Hamilton and surrounding counties.

There was no action taken on the tobacco grant for Hamilton county. It will be discussed at the May 21 board meeting.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Apr 17 2015 by ppowers

 A discussion on city wide cleanup will be one of the topics for discussion when the Webster City City Council meets Monday afternoon at City Hall. There will also be public hearings on two urban renewal plan amendments. The first one is for the Medical Complex Urban Renewal Area for the proposed Shopko store. The second is for the southeast Urban Renewal Area for 3BK Enterprises. A resolution authorizing the Mayor and the City Clerk to enter into a Water Quality Initiative Urban Conservation Demonstration Projects Grant Contract for the project known as Riverside Stormwater Wetlands with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.In other matters, the Webster City City Council on Monday make a motion on new Tax Increment Financing Guidance Policy,enter into an agreement with Robb's Tree and Stump Service of Story City for stump removal services this year and enter into an agreement with Mosquito Control of Iowa of Rolfe for this year's mosquito control program. The Webster City Police Department will make a request for the purchase and lease of vehicles. Another request to be made by the council is for crack sealing of concrete streets in the city. A motion to approve the amended 2015/16 Capital Equipment Plan will be on the agenda. The council meeting begins at 5:15 at city hall. It will be telecast in Webster City on Cable Channel 12 with repeat telecasts on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Stanhope City Council approves amended city budget.
Posted: Apr 16 2015 by ppowers

 There were no objections raised at Tuesday's hearing to amend the Stanhope city budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year during the city council meeting. Total revenues is set at $832,915 and the total expenditures at $829,215.  The amended budget was approved. Two young residents from Stanhope, Lucy Haman and Kael Stupp spoke before the council on suggesting more activities for older kids. Ideas that were proposed included a volleyball court, tennis Frisbee golf, sand volleyball and tetherball. The city basketball court was updated with a new back board, rims and paint. Beside the current basketball court is a lot the city owns where they could add some of the proposed ideas. 

A discussion on the city wide clean up day on May 16 was held. The placement of a dumpster by The Trash Man in the parking lot at the Stanhope Maintenance Facility, 160 Main Street fir the disposition of appliances and other articles. The clean up will be from 8:00 until 11:00. Each applicane will cost $15 each. Any item of furniture will cost $14. The price for car tires will be $3.00 per tire, Light truck at $4.00,Truck at $10 per tire and large implement tire at eight dollars.The cost for tractor tires will be $21.Any scrap metal can be brought to the dumpster site at no cost however car bodies or large parts will not be accepte.The clean up is limited to Stanhope residents only. A few of the items that will not be accepted are chemicals, paint, oil,oil filters, barbed wire, leaves and grass clippings.

In other matters, the Stanhope council approved to start paying $20 a call to the first two that show up to a EMS call who are not first responders The idea behind this is to make sure enough people show up to help for the call. Robert Johnson and Briana Johnson were approved to serve on the Stanhope fire department. Stanhope's first response assistant director will be Richard Malmquist with Brian Wilcox as treasurer and secretary for 2015.

Stratford School Board approves new hirings and plans for summer school.
Posted: Apr 16 2015 by ppowers

 The Stratford Community School Board Wednesday afternoon approved the hiring of Chris Glenn as school custodian and Angela Webb as school secretary. The board also accepted the annual audit for the 2013-14 school year. Superintendent Sarah Binder reported on plans for the extended year summer program.Invitations were issued during last week's parent teacher conferences. The dates will be June 15 to 19, July 6 to 10 and July 27 to 31. 42 students were invited to participate. The teachers distributed letters, shared interventions and weekly progress monitoring, discussed and developed individual contracts, and invited identified students to participate in the summer school program at Stratford.  Stratford is partnering with the AEA to provide this program which meets requirements to enable most students to maintain their learning skills. The time blocks will be from 8:00 until 9:45 and from 10:00 until 11:45 to increase the instructional time and practice time. Students will earn books for good attendance and active participation.

There was 100 percent participation in the parent teacher conferences last week. An early childhood open house and Kindergarten roundup is set for Friday,April 17. The Stratford school board approved the submission of early literacy grants with the Wish You Well Foundation, Dollar General Stores, Snapdragon Book Foundation,RGK Founation, Casey's, Scholastic Reading Club and James Patterson's Library Pledge to Support Libraries Partnership. The funds will be used to develop book bags for families to read and do book related activities together, develop a literacy library for parents and purchase books for students who have good attendance and actively participate in the Extended Year Summer School Program.

The Stratford school board will meet with their counterparts from Northeast Hamilton and Webster City next Thursday,April 23 at 5:00 at the elementary media center in Blairsburg for their final joint meeting of the school year. Possible topics will include professional growth and development, the school crisis plan, sharing with Northeast Hamilton and on the school calendar for 2015-16.

WCF Financial Bank set to open their new office April 27!
Posted: Apr 15 2015 by ppowers


 WCF Financial Bank President and C.E.O.Stephen Mourlam announced Wednesday morning that the opening day for the new headquarters of WCF Financial Bank at 401 Fairmeadow Drive is MONDAY,APRIL 27. It was a year ago this week that ground was broken on the new home of the local financial institution. Over the past few weeks, the staff have been busy getting used to their new surroundings. The last day of operation for WCF Financial Bank at their current location at Des Moines an...d Division Street will be Friday,April 24. The big move to the new home of WCF Financial Bank will be the weekend of April 25 and 26. Customers of WCF Financial Bank are reminded that due to the move, the bank will be closed on Saturday,April 25. An open house for the new bank location will be held later this spring with a date to be announced. There will be no change in regards to customer service hours once the bank is open for business April 27. As for the Des Moines and Division Street location,the building will be occupied by the Webster City Community School District as its future business office. The school business staff will move from its current location at 825 Beach Street to its new address in the coming months.

Roland Story School Board reviews budget for 2015-16
Posted: Apr 15 2015 by ppowers

 The Roland Story Community School Board reviewed the district's budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year at their meeting on Monday. Superintendent Matt Patton explained that this budget is assuming 2% state supplemental aid, which the legislature has not yet set. The 2015-16 tax rate will be approximately $12.17 per thousand,which is a decrease from this year's $12.34 rate. The Iowa Department of Management may make adjustments to the certified tax rate,once the legislature has set a funding amount. No comments were raised during the public hearing. The board went on to approve the budget numbers.

The board also reviewed the proposed 2015-16 school calendar. The start date for Roland Story students is August 24,2015 with the end date set for May 27,2016 pending no snow days.Graduation for the Roland Story Class of 2016 will be Sunday,May 22. The Roland Story school board approved the district calendar.

Projects for the summer months were presented to board members. A quote from Communication Innovators to expand and improve the wireless connection at the elementary school for $10,273 was approved. The board also approved the quote from Storage and Design to electrostatically repaint the lockers at the elementary and high school buildings in the amount of $9,200. A bid from the Baker Group to replace a furnace/air conditioning  unit at the elementary school  for $10,986 was approved.

In personnel matters,the Roland Story board will be advertising for advertising a half time preschool position for the 2015-16 school year. The transfer of Sandy Bauer to full time preschool for next school year was approved. The board approved the contract for 2015-16 for Andrea Zalaznik as half time high school math teacher. A three year master contract agreement wiht the Roland Story Education Association with a 3.5% total package increase each of the next three years and language changes as presented.

Randall City Council meets with Randall Area Fine Arts Council.
Posted: Apr 15 2015 by ppowers

 The Randall City Council Tuesday evening met with Charlotte Miller and Paul Wierson of the Randall Fine Arts Council regarding the need for new members to serve on the board of the Fine Arts Council. There are several openings for board members and they are seeking residents of Randall to help fill those positions. Residents can contact either Charlotte Miller and Paul Wierson if they are interested in serving on the board. The Randall City Council approved an agreement with All American Turf for broadleaf weed control in the city park, gym and ball diamond. The contract is for $1,081 for this year. In another matter Randall city maintenance director Alan Hanson reported that the interior of the water tower has been cleaned but he has not receive an official report on it. Hanson also reported on other maintenance issues. The council will be sending out letters in the next few days to residents with junk and junk vehicles on their property.

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