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Webster City Area Chamber to sponsor Smart Start on Monday evening.
Posted: May 12 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a program this Monday evening at 6:00 at Kendall Young Library entitled "Start Smart". The course is offered by the Iowa Small Business Development Centers and Small Business Administration. There is lots to know before you begin a small business. The free course will answer some of those questions and provides lots of direction to find the answers you need. If you have any further questions about this program, please contact the Webster City Area Chamber office at 832-2564.

Kendall Young Library welcomes generous donation.
Posted: May 12 2016 by ppowers

 At their Tuesday night meeting, the Kendall Young Library Board learned that the library will receive a disbursement of $65,000 from the Doris Merrill Estate.The money will be used for future projects at the library. Merrill died in March at the age of 89.The Kendall Young Library board approved its goals and objectives for 2016 through 2018 at their meeting.The recent Friends of Kendall Young Library Spring Book Sale was another big success. Director Angie Martin Schwarze said an estimated $3,342 was raised during the three day sale April 28 through 30. Proceeds will help the work of the Friends with the purchase of books and materials and the maprograms for the public at the library.Other statistics shared at Tuesday night's meeting included 181 teens participating in the Teen Lounge during April, 240 children participated in the 20 children's programs including Science Club, Crafty Readers,Pre­ School story time and the Saturday morning free movies. 177 adults enjoyed the 10 adult programs atKendall Young Library including the DIY program, Third Tuesday evening movies and coloring for adults.

Stratford City Council learns about possible purchase of adjacent space for the Stratford Library.
Posted: May 12 2016 by ppowers

 Officials with the Stratford Public Library Board met with the Stratford City Council Monday evening regarding the possible purchase of adjacent property located at 818 Shakespeare Avenue as a way to expand the library square footage which will greatly assist the needs of the library. Stratford librarian Diana Erickson and library board members Marilyn Carlson and Rick Adams spoke to the council about the plans for the building purchase. A meeting between the library board and two members of the city council, the mayor and city manager will be held in the coming weeks to look at the project. The Stratford City Council approved applying for the Owner Occupied Housing Program Community Development Block Grant and authorized the signing of an $18,000 administration contract with MIDAS Council of Governments.MIDAS will do an environmental review for $50 an hour and send out requests for proposals for technical services and with a city of Stratford match at $11 per capital or $8,173. The council discussed their interest in a proposed regional housing inspector program for rental and new construction. The city of Stratford currently refers to the City of Stratford Code of Ordinances or the Statewide Urban Design and Construction Across Iowa Standards. The Stratford City Council is not interested in a regional housing inspector program. The Stratford City Council voted to approve the financial support of $10,000 for the Hamilton County Freedom Rock cradle and artist Ray Sorensen rock painting costs for the first phase of the Hamilton County Freedom Rock Park. A quote of $4,950 from Jim's Carpet One for carpet tile in the city hall office areas and vinyl composition tile in the bathroom area with installation costs included. There was discussion on the preliminary construction plans for the Commercial Street Improvement project. A public hearing will be set on the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the project on Commercial Street at the next council meeting. The council authorized the mayor to sign an engagement letter with D.A. Davidson and Company for underwriting for the general obligation bonding the Commercial Street Improvement Project

ACE Community Conversation on Law Enforcement is set for Wednesday evening.
Posted: May 11 2016 by ppowers

 All Cultures Equal (ACE) will have a Community Conversation Dinner and Meeting this Wednesday,May 11 at 5:30 at the ACE Center at 1440 East Second Street. The conversation will focus on law enforcement from the Webster City Police Department, and Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. The three sheriff candidates have been invited to attend. All are invited to attend this program on Wednesday evening. Any questions, please call All Cultures Equal at 515-832-4153.

Roland Story School Board looks at leasing the school baseball field.
Posted: May 11 2016 by ppowers

 At a meeting Monday evening, the Roland Story Community School Board  approved the ten year baseball field lease agreement with the City of Story City. An agreement with the Des Moines Area Community College Career Academy was also approved by  the board. The replacement of laptops at Roland Story High School was approved with Chromebooks from Riverside Technologies for $93,498, Apple for $33,215 and Go Guardian for $9,503. The laptops currently being used will be advertised under the obsolete equipment policy. In personnel issues, the Roland Story school board Monday accepted the resignations of high school associate Pam Danger and third grade teacher Katy Hyatt. A contract for Brad Dedic as high school head cross country coach was approved for this fall. The next meeting of the Roland Story school board will be on Monday,June 13 at 5:00 p.m at the middle school collaboration room.

South Hamilton School Board sets fees for 2016-17 school year.
Posted: May 10 2016 by ppowers

 When the school year ends in a few weeks at South Hamilton Middle School and High School, renovation will begin on the building. Voters last September approved a bond issue for the project. On Monday evening, the South Hamilton school board held an honorary ground breaking ceremony to signify the beginning of the facilities upgrade and and improvement project to the building. The goal is to have the project completed by the start of the 2016-17 school year. Officials of Lang Construction gave a brief,informal update on the building project.

Lunch and breakfast fees for the 2016-17 school year were set by the South Hamilton school board. Lunch for PreK through Sixth Grades will be at $2.65 with the 7 through 12 grade students to pay $2.80. Breakfast prices for Pre-K through Sixth grades will be  $1.65 and 7 to 12 grades will be $1.70. The cost of milk will be at 40 cents. There will be no change for Pre-K to 6 grade book rental fee which will remain at $63 with the 7 through 12 grade book rent to be at $84.

Fifty two seniors will receive diplomas at South Hamilton High School on Sunday afternoon,May 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The school board approved the list of graduates. Board members Marie Johnson and Will Johnston were approved as speakers for the high school Awards Banquet set for May 18. Support and administrative contracts for the 2016-17 school year were approved.

 The South Hamilton school board accepted the resignations of Ninth Grade Girls Basketball Coach Darrell Paulsen, Assistant High School Girls Basketball Coach Dennis Barkema, Assistant High School Track Throws Coach Dennis Barkema, and Assistant 7th and 8th Grade Baseball Coach Casey Coy. A request for early retirement for Elementary General Education Aide Sandy Hertzke was approved. Carlton Ness was hired as assistant high school  track throws coach and  Devin Howard as 7th  and 8th Grade Baseball coach for this season.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: May 09 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the supervisors board room. The agenda will include a proclamation for Mental Health Month. There will be personnel issues with the Hamilton County Public Health, Treasurer and Secondary Road Departments.Contracts and agreements for a Business Property Tax Credit,Bearence, Accurate Controls,Incorporated, Med Pro and a Federal Aid Agreement for a Bridge Replacement Project will be considered. The Hamilton County Supervisors will look at policy updates plus other matters.

South Hamilton Community School Board to meet Monday evening in Jewell.
Posted: May 06 2016 by ppowers

 A meeting of the South Hamilton Community School Board is set for Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. The board will set school fees for 2016-17, consider a resolution to increase the depository limit at First American Bank to $16,000,000 due to bond funds, set the 2016-17 Support, Administrative Staff Pay Schedules and Salaries and issue the contracts for next school year's Support and Administrative staff. The South Hamilton board will approve the list of graduates for the May 22 commencement ceremony, appoint two directors to attend and speak at the senior awards banquet. There will also be a look at personnel matters. Another highlight of the evening's meeting will be the presentation of the Hawk Pride-Friends of Education Awards and recognition of the school board as a part of National School Board Appreciation Month.  There will be updates by principals Scott Dryer and Paul Hemphill and from superintendent Ken Howard. 

Webster City is awarded a loan and grant from the U.S.D.A. rural economic development loan and grant program.
Posted: May 06 2016 by ppowers

 Webster City has been awarded a $1,000,000 loan and $300,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) rural economic development loan and grant program. Webster City will contribute $60,000 in matching funds to the award for a total of $1,360,000 that will be loaned to Van Diest Medical Center (VDMC) for the new clinic and technology upgrades. The project includes a 16,400 square-foot addition for a new medical clinic, a meeting room and a future pharmacy, along with the implementation of a new, extensive medical records system throughout the hospital and satellite clinics.

This rural economic development loan and grant program provides funding to rural projects through eligible, local utility organizations and is administered through USDA’s Rural Development mission area.

Under the loan program, USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly and the utility is responsible for repayment to USDA.

Under the grant program, USDA provides grant funds to eligible, local utility organizations which use the funding to establish revolving loan funds. Loans are then made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs.

As VDMC repays its loan back to the Webster City, $360,000 of the loan payment will go into a city-managed revolving loan fund and be used to spur additional economic development projects in the city, county and region. Other repaid loan funds to the city will be paid back to the USDA as part of the loan agreement being announced on Friday afternoon.

Kendall Young Library Board to meet Tuesday evening.
Posted: May 06 2016 by ppowers

 The May meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees will be Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the library. The agenda will include a look at goals and objectives for 2016-18, plans for sub-committee meetings, and a report from director Angie Martin Schwarze on current activities at the library. There will also be a report from Richard Carlson of Farmers National Committee on operations of the library farm plus other matters. 

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