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Webster City City Council meeting set for Monday evening.
Posted: Jan 28 2016 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City City Council will be Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. The council will approve a quit claim deed conveying the vacated alley in West New Castle Addition to Bryan Gilbert and Maureen Seamonds of Webster City. A resolution establishing fees by adding sections on sewer and water line replacement in conjunction with replacement of streets and penalties therefor. A motion on a request from the Public Works Director to purchase a sludge truck from Linco-Precision of El Paso, Illinois for the local water plant.Two public hearings will be on Monday's council agenda. The first hearing at 5:45 p.m. is for the plans, specifications, form of contract,estimate of cost from the East Second Street Utility Relocation Project as the first phase of the improvement work. The second hearing is for the city's interest in property by releasing an easement located in Red Bull Subdivison.The Webster City city council will meet in a closed session to discuss information relevant to the provision of electric service by the city utility. Monday's council meeting will be telecast live on Cable Channel 12 with repeat telecasts Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00p.m

Hamilton County Conservation Board elects officers at Thursday's meeting.
Posted: Jan 28 2016 by ppowers

 Mike Brandrup was appointed as the new chairman of the Hamilton County Conservation Board on Thursday morning. Roger Lenz was named as vice chair with Diane Sinclair appointed as board secretary. Other board members are George Caggiano and Jim Richardson. The board was updated on the construction of the new cabin at Briggs Woods Park. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers said that the windows and doors will be put in this week. There will be some internal construction work to the cabin beginning next week. The new cabin is expected to be completed by this spring. 

In another matter, the county conservation board watched a power point presentation by conservation employee Jason Gilmore on the projects during the last year. The presentation featured some of the new additions and improvements at Bells Mill, Briggs Woods and Little Wall Lake Parks.

Director Lammers said that the bidding process for the new Jewellsworth recreational trail will begin in February. Ground will be broken on the new trail will be this spring with a completion this fall. There was no action taken on the conservation department budget for the 2016-17 with more discussion at next month's board meeting.The board tabled action on the memorandum of understanding with the Legacy Learning Boone River Valley organization until February's board session.

The Hamilton County Conservation Board presented a plaque to Phil and Jan Sayer for their eleven  years of hosting visitors at Briggs Woods Park. The board thanked them for their years of service.

Slight rise in Hamilton County's unemployment rate.
Posted: Jan 28 2016 by ppowers

Hamilton County's unemployment rate for December was at 4.1 percent . The Iowa Workforce Development office released the numbers in a report Thursday. The unemployment rate for November was 3.9 percent and the rate for December,2014 at an even 5 percent. There were 6,880 people employed across Hamilton County during December while 300 people were without work. Iowa's unemployment rate for December was at 3.4 percent. The unemployment rates for surrounding countes include Boone at 2.7 percent, Franklin at 3.4 percent, Hardin at an even 4 percent, Story at 2.2 percent, Webster at 4.2. percent and Wright at 3.5 percent.

Webster City High School Winterfest Court announced.
Posted: Jan 27 2016 by ppowers

 Your 2016 Webster City High School Winterfest Queen and King candidates this year are as follows:

Queen candidates: Morgan Auderer, Courtney Biere,Carly Jacobson, Kayla Miller and Chelsey Wagoner.
King contestants: Brandon Ausenhus, Connor Foster, Alec Fuhs, Cole Nokes and Colin Oswald.
The Winterfest coronation ceremony is set for 2:30 Monday afternoon at Prem Sahai Auditorium at Webster City High School. The queen and king and the  Winterfest court will be honored during Tuesday night's home basketball game with Humboldt.The Winterfest Dance is Saturday, February 6 from 8 until 11 p.m. at the high school.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigating two weather related motor vehicle accidents.
Posted: Jan 27 2016 by ppowers

 Icy road conditions contributed to two motor vehicle accidents earlier this week. Both of the accidents were investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

On Monday afternoon a one car accident was reported four miles northeast of Stratford on Hamilton County Road R-27. Reportedly a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Kiersten Carlson of Stratford was traveling south when the car suddenly dropped off the shoulder of the road. Carlson over corrected the car when it lost control, sliding across both lanes of the road and landed into the east ditch coming to rest on its top. Carlson was checked over by the Stratford Fire and Rescue for possible injuries and released. The Carlson car was totaled as a result of the accident. Deputy Gary Johnson investigated the accident.

A one vehicle accident east of Webster City on 220th Street happened at about 9:15 Tuesday morning. Reportedly a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Romona Everson of Webster City was heading eastbound when the SUV lost control due to the slick highway conditions. The Everson SUV traveled across both lanes of traffic coming to rest in the north ditch landing on the passenger side.Everson was transported to Van Diest Medical Center to be checked over for any possible injuries. Investigating deputy Bill Derrig estimated the damage to the Everson SUV at $3000.

No injuries in Franklin County accident.
Posted: Jan 27 2016 by ppowers

 Details of a two vehicle accident in rural Franklin County on Monday afternoon were released by the Iowa State Patrol. The accident happened at the junctions of County Road C-25 and Highway 65 north of Hampton. Reportedly an eastbound 2011 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Kori Carlson of St. Paul,Minnesota approached the intersection when she was unable to stop in time due to the road conditions. The Carlson car slid into the intersection striking a southbound 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by William Scheidecker of Hampton.Both drivers escaped injury in the accident. Kori Carlson was charged with Failure to Maintain Control. 

Hamilton County Supervisors face number of items.
Posted: Jan 26 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Supervisors Tuesday morning approved and renewed contracts with the Wellness Program through the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC) for the purchase of employee health insurance. Through the efforts of the employee wellness program for county employees, there has been a five percent reduction in health insurance this year. The board also approved a lease agreement with Access Systems for the maintenance of the copier and printer at the Mental Health building.The cost of the monthly base payment is at $962 a month.A cooperative agreement with the Iowa Department of Transportation was approved for the work on installing a pipe boring in a drainage area in Fremont Township north of Highview. Work on the project is expected to start this summer. The total cost of the project is estimated at $650,000 with  portions of it to be reimbursed to the county.

Another agreement approved was for work on renovating and replacing bridges with a concrete box type bridge at four locations in Hamilton County. Hamilton County Engineer Dan Waid said the work would include culverts at 260th Street east of Ziegler Avenue in Rose Grove Township, County Road R-77 north of D-41 in Rose Grove Township, 320th Street east of Lake Cairo Drive in Hamilton Township and on Nelson Avenue south of D-56 in Hamilton Township. The bid letting date for these projects will be on March 3. Waid said he hopes that the project will be offered to one contractor with the work to be done this summer.

A reimbursement regulation resolution was approved by the Hamilton County Supervisors today. The resolution is for the completion of the security system in the county courthouse with the work concentrated in the second floor court room areas and the meeting space for attorneys. The total cost of the project is at $300,000.

In personnel matters, the Hamilton County Supervisors approved two resignations and two hirings in the sheriff's department. The resignations came from Nick Hassebrock as a county jailer and Tim Wilaby who has worked on a part time audit project for the county jail. The hirings approved included Trevor Main as a jail employees and Christina Buttrum as a part time regular dispatcher.

The weed commissioner report for 2015 was approved by the board. Commissioner David Young said there was no serious weed problems last year. He said there was more mowing than spraying of weeds last year along the ditches in the county by road crews.

Fort Dodge family escapes injury in Monday night house fire.
Posted: Jan 26 2016 by ppowers

 Four members of a Fort Dodge family escaped unharmed after a fire destroyed their residence Monday night. The fire happened at about 9:45 p.m. at 717 Riverside Street Northwest. When the Fort Dodge Fire Department arrived, flames were coming from the back side of the house.Smoke detectors recently installed at the home helped save the lives of the family. The family cat survived the fire after it was found hidden in a dog kennel.The cause of the fire last night remains under investigation. Firefighters remained on the scene for about two hours.

Webster City school board accept retirement requests.
Posted: Jan 26 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting  Monday evening, the Webster City Community School Board approved the resignations and early retirement requests of five long time employees. They include Middle School Sixth Grade teacher and High School Cross Country and Track coach Tony Bussan,Elementary music instructor Rosine Kennedy, Business office staff member Linda Bourne, Curriculum Coordinator and Alternative School Administrator Linda Williams and school maintenance employee Michael Smith.The resignations and retirement requests will take effect at the end of the school year.
The Webster City school board set February 22 at 6:00 p.m. for a public hearing on the 2016-17 school calendar.The calendar information will be forwarded on to the teaching staff for a review. The tentative first day of classes will be Monday, August 22.Staff orientation will be held for three days on August 8.
Topics for future school board work sessions were discussed. They include the issue of bullying, the dropout rate,school finance,technology issues,the Career Academy in Eagle Grove. The work sessions are held at the second board meeting of the month. Dates for work sessions will be Monday, February 22,March 28,April 25 and May 23.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jan 25 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the board room of the Hamilton County Courthouse. The board will receive the annual report from the weed commissioner,consider a personnel matter with the sheriff's department and approve a liquor license. The supervisors will consider a wellness program agreement, a contract with Access Systems and approve the Iowa Department of Transportation Cooperative Agreeement. The final plans for four culvert projects will be considered. The projects are located on 260th Street near Ziegler Avenue, County Road R-77 north of D-41,320th Street east of Lake Cairo Drive and on Nelson Avenue just south of Country Road D-56. 

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