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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.

Iowa DNR investigates manure spill near Williams.
Posted: Nov 14 2014 by ppowers

 — Quick thinking and thorough removal of 1,500 to 2,000 gallons of manure leaked from a manure applicator into a road ditch and tile line prevented possible surface water contamination . The event occurred at a Hamilton County farm a couple of miles northeast of Williams on Xircus Ave. on November 12 at 10 a.m. When DNR arrived at the scene approximately 90 minutes after the spill, Tony Hand, owner of Hand Nutrient Management, had plugged intakes to a tile line and was scraping up manure and soil in the road ditch and field. Hand and Iowa Select Farms staff, the owners of the facility where the manure originated, had also gone downstream of the tile line intakes, excavated and broke the tile there. The manure had leaked from the umbilical hose pumping system due to a failure in a connector, said Hand. A septic pumping truck was called to vacuum up as much liquid as possible at the original site of the leak. A sump was dug where the tile line had been broken downstream. Manure in the line that began to run into the sump was removed with the vacuum truck as well.The tile was flushed and all recovered material was land applied to the original application site. No waste reached surface water.“The remedial action taken by Hand Nutrient Management and Iowa Select Farms, the quick reporting of the incident and thorough cleanup, is exactly what should happen when accidental manure spills occur,” said Dan Bratrud, DNR environmental specialist that responded to the spill report. “It keeps our waters from getting contaminated.”


Hotel Motel Tax Board to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 14 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board will meet Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. The board will review applications for funding and select the finalists. The city council will review and make a final decision on the requests on December 15.

Webster City Police issues warning on scams in the city.
Posted: Nov 14 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Police Department wants to warn residents of scams targeting citizens. The latest scam involves a person calling and identifying themselves as a member of the Internal Revenue Service. Police Chief Shiloh Mork said these IRS impersonators are calling their targets and demanding that they pay their taxes by either loading money on a prepaid card or sending it via a wire transfer. Those who refuse to pay immediately are then threatened by the "IRS agents". The threats include jail time, deportation or the suspension of the victim's business or driver's license. You are advised to follow the following tips to protect yourself from this IRS scam and others like it.  Beware of any caller claiming to be from the IRS and demanding money. The IRS announced that it would never ask for payments by wire transfer or a prepaid card and it will typically alert taxpayers via the mail and not a phone call. In general never give anyone money or credit card information over the phone. Never trust callers who use threats and hostility to bully their targets into doing what they want. This is a tactic many scammers use. Be skeptical of what a caller claims he or she can do if you refuse to meet their demand. An IRS agent will not get the police or an immigration agency involved just because you owe taxes. Citizens who question the validity of any call they receive are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 14 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the city council chambers. The items on the agenda will include the second reading of a proposed ordinance on the rezoning of property from an M-1 (Light Industrial) District to an M-2 (Heavy Industrial) District located on Des Moines Street. The date and time of Monday,December 1 at 5:30 p.m. will be set for a public hearing on the submittal  of a Community Development Block Grant application for Housing Rehabilitation in Webster City.A resolution approving the official annual Urban Renewal report will be presented to the council. 

In other matters, the Webster City City Council will consider a resolution obligating funds from the Urban Renewal Tax Revenue Fund for appropriation to the payment of annual appropriation tax increment financed obligations which will come due in the next succeeding fiscal year. A resolution approving the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 234 work agreement for 2015-18 will be approved.There will be a motion on tree grinding services at the tree/brush drop off site. A resolution authorizing participation in the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative will be considered. Following Monday's council meeting, there will be a work session on the development of a new housing addition in the Brewer Creek Fifth Addition.

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