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Wright County Supervisors approve new building permit to Iowa Cage Free.
Posted: Sep 19 2016 by ppowers

 The Wright County Supervisors Monday morning approved a building permit request to Iowa Cage Free,LLP for the construction of a new egg laying operation facility that would house upwards to 600,000 chickens. The building would measure 250 by 650 feet. It would be an addition to the current egg laying operation in section 19 of Liberty township located northwest of Goldfield. Construction on the structure would begin this fall.

The supervisors also approved the abatement request from Clarion city administrator Dustin Rief for the airport property and runway in the amount of $4,314. A tax abatement for leased land for Mike Oliver at Wall Lake was approved for $500.

Wright county treasurer Peggy Schluttenhofer presented her semi annual report to the board. She informed supervisors that the balances are in good shape with the county in good financial shape.

Webster City Community Theatre set for its annual recognition dinner.
Posted: Sep 19 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community Theatre will have its annual recognition dinner for the cast,crew and others interested in the theatre this Sunday,September 25 at the community theatre dinning room  beginning at 5:00 p.m. The cast of last season's productions of "Drinking Habits", "Junie B in Jingle Bells Batman Smells","Cheaper By The Dozen" and "Fiddler On The Roof" will be honored plus there will be other special awards to be presented. Plans for the 2016-17 season will be presented with the first show,"A Nice Family Christimas" directed by Loween Getter set for November 11 to 13 and 18 to 20. Those attending Sunday's dinner are asked to main dish,salad, side dish, or dessert to share. Silverware,napkins, and refreshments will be provided.

Special Lehigh City Council meeting set for Monday evening.
Posted: Sep 16 2016 by ppowers

 A special meeting of the Lehigh city council has been called for this Monday,September 19 at 7:00 in the city hall. Residents are invited to attend this meeting to address issues in the Webster county community in the wake of this week's resignation of town's mayor and city clerk. Paula Martin submitted her resignation after a number of issues were addressed at a council session last Monday. Martin gave no reason into her resignation. Lehigh city clerk Kathy Gambill also resigned from her job that she has held since 2015. Council member Kay Timmons is considering the possibility of stepping down from the council. Martin has been mayor of Lehigh since 2014.

Storm sewer replacement work to begin Monday.
Posted: Sep 16 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Public Works Department has announced that street department crews will be starting storm sewer replacement work at Des Moines Street and the north alley this Monday,September 19. This area is north of the 600 block of Second Street. The work will take approximately two and one half weeks to complete. East and west bound traffic lanes will be open but narrowed. The city of Webster City wants to thank the public for their cooperation during this time. Residents who have any questions are asked to contact Matt Alcazar at the Public Works Department 832-9139.

Stratford motorist charged in Monday accident.
Posted: Sep 16 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated an accident late Monday afternoon on Tennyson Avenue in Stratford. Reportedly a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Danielle Ferguson of Stratford was attempting to pull into an empty parking stall when her car accidentally struck the front door and wheel area to a parked 2005 Dodge Caravan owned by Constance Francis of Stratford. The Ferguson car apparently left the scene in an attempt to avoid responsibility however witnesses at the scene were able to track down the description of her car and license plate. The car was found a short time later.Damage to the Ferguson car was estimated at $1500 with the damage to the Francis auto was estimated at $2000. Investigating deputy Dave Turpen charged Danielle Ferguson with Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

First Five Program coming to Hamilton County October 1.
Posted: Sep 16 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Board of Health Thursday afternoon learned about the new First Five program.Megan Sprecher said the goal of First Five is to help health providers in the earlier detection of social emotional and developmental delays and family risk related factors in children birth to five years and coordinates referrals, interventions and follow up. The child must have a doctor in Hamilton county to participate but don't need to live in Hamilton county. Sprecher said there are 15 counties in Iowa that are participating. Hamilton county will be the sixteenth county as a part of First Five. It is open to all regardless of income. The Hamilton County Public Health office will coordinate the program locally.

The board was updated on the I-Smile program by Angie Halfwassen. It is a program aimed at Iowa's children in need of dental care. Halfwassen stated participants in Hamilton county was down however there was an increase in needs. Halfwassen told the board of a new dentist in Jewell,Dr. Daniel Scarrow who is willing to accept Medicaid eligible children in Hamilton county at his practice. Beginning this November, a new program called I-Smile Silver will begin aimed at Iowans 65 and over for their dental needs.

Hamilton County Public Health Director Shelby Kroona said there are plans to apply for a radon grant to purchase radon test kits and follow up inspections. The deadline to apply is September 30. Kroona also informed the board that the county public health department received a 96 percent rating from clients that would refer the public health department for services. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Public Health Department is October 20 at 5 p.m.

Van Diest, Schnathorst crowned WCHS Homecoming King and Queen.
Posted: Sep 16 2016 by ppowers

 James Van Diest and Taylor Schnathorst were crowned as this year's Webster City High School Homecoming King and Queen during the Boom Night ceremonies at Prem Sahai Auditorium. Both Van Diest and Schnathorst will reign over the festivities of Homecoming on Friday and Saturday. The other contestants for Homecoming royalty included Kali Dawson, Gianna Gourley, Olivia Myers and Rihanna Wood for queen and Zane Carter, Drew Fielder, Ashton High and Ty Schnathorst for king. The Boom Night was a celebration of Homecoming with the Lynx cheerleaders, skits and  a salute to the Lynx cross country, football and volleyball teams. The annual Homecoming parade is set for Friday afternoon at 2:30 with floats, bands, and Doodlebug motorbikes traveling through downtown Webster City. The route will begin at West Twin Park on Seneca Street traveling north and then turning west on Second Street and then south on Des Moines Street ending at the middle school. The annual Webster City Morning Kiwanis chili supper will be held at the high school cafeteria with serving from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. The proceeds will support the work of the Morning Kiwanis in the community. The Webster City Lynx will face the Greene County Rams in the Homecoming football game at Lynx Field at 7:30. The game will be broadcast live on KZWC AM 1570 and FM 92.9 plus online at kqradio.com. The Homecoming week concludes Saturday night with the annual dance from 8:00 until 11:00 at the high school.

Webster City City Council to meet with Willson Brewer Historic Park Committee Monday evening.
Posted: Sep 16 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council will meet Monday afternoon at 5:30 at city hall. Agenda items will include a presentation by Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Brown on current chamber activities over the past three months. A request from the Webster City Chamber to close Des Moines Street between Second Street and the alley south of Second on Thursday,September 29 from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. for a Music in the Park Open Mic Event in First American Bank Plaza will be considered. The council will consider a request from Van Diest Medical Center to share costs for the extension of a water main from the east property line east to Edgewood Drive at 2350 Hospital Drive. A resolution to set a public hearing on October 3 at 5:50 p.m.to enter into a ten year wastewater services agreement between the city of Webster City and Iowa's First,Incorporated doing business as VeroBlue Farms in connection with the company's use as a customer of the sewage system will be set. A public hearing will be set for October 17 at 5:45 p.m. on the receipt and approval of proposals for the disposal and development of certain city owned  real property in the West Second Street Urban Renewal Area at 1700 West Second Street. Another resolution expressing intent to enter into a development agreement and to provide economic development support for a proposed 60 unit multi family housing complex in the 2013 Red Bull Division Urban Renewal Area. A three year agreement with Chamaness Technology, Incorporated of Blairsburg for a Bio Solids Land Application Project for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A joint meeting with the Willson Brewer Historic Park Committee will be held at the conclusion of the council session. There will be a look at the Wilson Brewer Master Plan from 1976,an historic look at the park and look into the future plans of the park complex. Monday's council meeting will be telecast live on Cable Channel 12 in Webster City with repeat telecasts on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Kendall Young Library Board look at elevator issues and review audit.
Posted: Sep 15 2016 by ppowers

 At a meeting Tuesday night,the Kendall Young Library board learned of a mechanical problem with the building's elevator.The problem was first detected on Monday. Director Angie Martin Schwarze said it appears that the elevator will be out of commission until further notice.You are advised to contact the library at 832-9100 if you need to make alternate arrangements for library service.

The Kendall Young Library board reviewed the audit report prepared by Bill Klein from Potter and Brant auditors for the 2015 year. The report presented the numbers of the library finances. There was no action taken with final approval at the October meeting. 

The board tabled action on the meeting room policy and library budget until October. The budget numbers for 2017 will be released later this fall.

Kendall Young Library will welcome back Tom Shroder on Thursday,October 6 for a book signing and presentation on "The Most Famous Author Who Ever Lived:A True Story of my Family" which chronicles the life of his grandfather,Webster City's Pulitzer Prize winning author Mackinlay Kantor. Shroder did research at the Library of Congress and Kendall Young Library about his grandfather.

In other matters, the Kendall Young Library board learned that 135 youth participated in the first five days of Teen Lounge that started August 23. There were eight children's programs in August with 139 children in attendance. The preschool story time plus after school activities on Tuesday and Thursdays are back for September and October in addition to Teen Lounge on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Stratford City Council offers city attorney contract to Chizek.
Posted: Sep 15 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Monday evening,the Stratford city council voted to offer the position of city attorney to Zachary Chizek of the Groves and Chizek Law Office of Webster City. Terms of the agreement were not immediately released. Chizek currently serves as attorney for the city of Webster City.The council voted to approve the Stratford Fire Department request to close off streets and use ATV's and UTV's to assist with the Cruise to the Woods event on Sunday,October 2.,leaving intersections and emergency routes open in case of an emergency. There was an update on the outdoor pool season. Attendance was up 135 visitors from 2015 with the pool open 86 days this year as compared to 89 days in 2015. Total expenses exceeded total pool revenue by $18,181. The council voted to approve moving the Eagle Scout flower bed project to city right of way on north side of sidewalk north of the Hamilton County Freedom Rock Park. A contract with Stony Creek Landscapes for the Hamilton County Freedom Rock Park with the contingency that the Hamilton County Freedom Rock Project obtains an additional $10,000 in funding.Another contract was approved with JB Concrete and Construction quote of $1,250 to install the concrete pad for the Hamilton County Freedom Rock.

Jim Leiding,engineer with Bolton and Menk,Incorporated of Ames, presented the council a Preliminary Engineering Report on the Water System Analysis and Infrastructure Improvements. The report reflected that the improvements to the distribution system made in 2013 on the east and southeast portion of the city were effective in providing increased fire flows to those areas as it was intended. The eight construction project possibilities are a proactive approach by the city for planning fo future improvements which will assist the city in maintaining an operational system into the future.

The council set Monday,October 31 as Trick or Treat Night in Stratford with the hours from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. 

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