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Memorial Day services announced for this Monday in Webster City.
Posted: May 20 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City will pay tribute to the nation's war dead Monday with special services around the community on Memorial Day. Local Legion,VFW and Auxiliary members will assemble at the Legion Hall for transportation to the services at 8:15a.m.. The first service will be at 8:45 a.m. at the Marshall Crippen Bridge on North Des Moines Street for those lost at sea conducted by the American Legion Post 191 Auxiliary. The service at the Cass Center Cemetery begins at 9:15 a.m. condu...cted by the American Legion Post 191. The annual Memorial Day parade will form at 10:10 Monday morning in the 700 block Second Street north alley. The parade will proceed south on Des Moines Street to the Boulevard of Valor. A presentation of the roses at the markers and recognition of the active duty military personnel from the Auxiliary will be at 10:25 a.m.The parade will then continue south on Des Moines toward the entrance of Graceland Cemetery for the 11:00 a.m. service with Legion Commander Ron Keigan and guest speaker Mike Willer. In the event of inclement weather Monday the service at Graceland will be moved to Jefferson Gym at 10:30 a.m.
The public is invited to any one of the services this Monday. Don't forget volunteers are needed to help put up the flags and poles this Friday morning at 10 and again at 4 p.m. at the west entrance of Graceland and Calvary cemeteries. The flags and poles will be taken down on Tuesday,May 26 at 10 and again at 4 p.m.

Hamilton County Board of Health to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: May 20 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health will be held Thursday afternoon at 5:00 at the Public Health conference room at 820 James Street. The agenda includes a look at personnel matters, an update on avian flu, board of health authorization, and on HIPAA issues. There will also be a report by director Shelby Kroona. The board will meet for a closed session for the annual evaluation of the public health director.

Special Olympics Torch Run set for Thursday morning in Webster City.
Posted: May 20 2015 by ppowers

Hamilton County's Special Olympic athletes will be honored Thursday morning at 10 during a program at the Webster City Middle School. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run as peace officers raise money for the Special Olympics of Iowa which opens Thursday at Iowa State University in Ames. The officers and volunteers have been selling t-shirts to help the athletes participate in the games. The athletes represent the students of the Webster City and South Hamilton schools and the Friends Forever Social Education Center. The parade of athletes and runners will be held at 10:45 with the route starting at the Webster City Middle School heading north on Des Moines Street then east on Second Street and then south on Seneca ending at West Twin Parks. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: May 18 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will be Thursday afternoon at 5:15 in the Sampson Room at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center. The agenda for the meeting will include the consideration of a tobacco free park policy, plans for the summer programs, consider the request for a Freedom Rock at Wilson Brewer Park and the acknowledgement of board members Jon Doolittle and Jennifer Maharry plus other matters that may come before the commission.

Webster City City Council to set dates for community clean up on Monday.
Posted: May 15 2015 by ppowers

 The dates for the community cleanup and drop off event in Webster City will be set at Monday's city council meeting. This issue was discussed at the May 4th council session in reviving a clean up effort after an absence of a few years. There will be a report from the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee.A motion authorizing entering into an agreement with T and D Handyman Services of Webster City for nuisance mowing services within the corporate limits of Webster City. In other matters, the Webster City City Council will award a contract for the 2015 Seal Project to Kluesner Construction of Farley,Iowa. approve the request to purchase a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) and Flow meter from Automatic Systems for a total cost of $25,710 for Well Number 7. and set the date of June 1 at 5:30 for a public hearing on budget amendments for the 2014-15 budget. Following the regular board meeting, the Webster City City Council will meet in closed session to evaluate the professional competency of an individual whose appointment, hiring performance or discharge is being considered and for the annual evaluation of the performance of the City Manager. The Webster City City Council meets at 5:15 Monday afternoon. The session will be telecast live on Cable Channel 12 with repeat telecasts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Kendall Young Library preparing for summer reading program.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 The Kendall Young Library Board Wednesday evening learned that June 1 will be the starting date for this year's Summer Reading Program. For two months the library will offer programs, contests and special events aimed at children through adults to get them in the habit to read their favorite books. Director Angie Martin Schwarze is hoping for another excellent turnout for the program that will continue through the end of July.

The recent Friends Book Sale was a success. Martin Schwarze said an estimated $2975 was raised during the sale from April 30 to May 2. The sale featured a variety of books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials. All proceeds will help support the purchase of new books and materials for the library. The fall book sale will be in October.

The board talked about the recent appearance of the grandson of Mackinlay Kantor, Tom Shroder to Webster City. Shroder talked about his grandfather author who was born in Webster City in 1904 until his death in October,1977 in Florida. Shroder presented a program at the Webster City Community Theater on April 23. He also met with residents sharing their memories and stories on Kantor. Local historian Nancy Kayser gave a tour to Shroder around the community. Shroder also learned about the correspondence between Kantor and Richard Whitman over a 40 year period. Shroder also met with Webster City High School students and presented a writer's workshop on April 25.

The Kendall Young Library board approved an early closing of the library on Tuesday, July 21 at 5:30 to allow staff to participate in the Hamilton County Fair parade.

Stratford City Council looks at an electrical system review.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 This week the Stratford City Council discussed an electrical system review provided by Brown Engineering Company. The report gave an overview of existing system configuration,discussed again and equipment failure and how this equipment may or may not be able to move from a delta system to a wye system and reviewed the existing system potential for load growth inclduing the planned  United Cooperative expansion project. The recommendation from Brown Engineering for the planned United Cooperative expansion is to do a dedicated circuit 12.57 kilovolts tapped at the existing susbstation. This would allow additional load margin at the existing substation. This would allow additional load margin at the existing substation transformers for the balance of the existing overhead circuits which feeds the rest of the town. An added benefit of this action is postponement of decisions regarding reconfiguration of the system from 2400 volts to 4160 volts. Re-circuiting can then take place to fit the systems needs in an orderly fashion. No action was taken since approval to convert the circuit on Commercial Street was passed at last month's council meeting.  The Stratford City Council voted to approve the electric service upgrade on the northeast pole in the city park to 400 amp service plus the upgrade of two current camper hookups on the east side of the park. The upgrade was approved by a vote of 3 to 0. Council member Rick Woodard abstained because he felt the money should be used to remove dead trees from the park.

In other matters, the Stratford city council approved a resolution to appoint Rachel Cahill as Stratford city manager for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.Alan Schroeder was re-appointed as city attorney through December,2016 when he retires and closing down his law office.

Stratford Community School Board to meet Thursday,May 21.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 The May meeting for the Stratford Community School Board will be held Thursday,May 21 at 5:30 at the elementary school library. The board will review the end of year assessments, positive behavior interventions and support and on paramount school status, a maker space project, review a clarity tech assessment,award the Martha Simonson Memorial Scholarship, review the plans for summer professional growth and development activities and approve the teacher leadership and compensation system leaders for 2015-16. The Stratford School Board will have the first reading on board policies for noninstructional operations and business services,buildings and sites and on school district-community relations.There will also be a a look at building and grounds update including new carpeting, work on plumbing, new concrete and the installation of playground pieces.

Fort Dodge man facing charges in early morning incident on Wednesday.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge late Tuesday night  were called to 1003 South 33rd Stret for a male who was destroying the residence and vehicles outside. The individual fled the area prior to officers arriving on the scene. Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers were called back to the residence. The called stated that the male was back at the residence, armed with a handgun and was threatening to shoot responding officers or himself. The police arrived on the scene and began searching the area for the male subject. He was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident. He was identified as Jerod Hays. Hays was found to be in possession of a realistic airsoft pistol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by the Webster County Sheriff's Office, Fort Dodge Fire Department and Unity Point Ambulance.

Stanhope City Council look at several issues this week.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting earlier this week, the Stanhope City Council approved an agreement with Kyle Johnson and Craig Johnson to place sheep out at the City Waste Stabilization Lagoon until October 31,2015. A checklist for community center rentals was approved. Each renter will receive a renter check list that is required to fill out and sign. The approving city official will go through after the rental is done and check to make sure it was completed. Any infractions will result in a fee of $10 for each item and will come out of their deposit. This policy is to insure everyone will take care of the building.  Building permits were approved by the council for projects at 880 Viking Court, 510 Bute Street and 925 Iowa Street. The Stanhope City Council approved the information and images produced for the reimaging that was done for the city. Hamilton County S.E.E.D. requested a member of the council to help with this process. Susan Moore volunteered to help. A request from the Stanhope Fitness Center Committee was approved to start a Facebook page to keep everyone informed on what's happening with the fitness center project. The councl also approved Brian Holt to do a tree survey for the city of Stanhope to find out what kind of trees the city has and how many to determine the future of Ash trees in Stanhope. 

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