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Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board to meet Tuesday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 14 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax Board will meet Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 in the Sampson Room of the Fuller Hall Recreation Center. The board will elect a chairperson and secretary followed by review all of the applications and select the finalists for funding. A letter from the Webster City Community Theatre on their application will be considered. A request from Troy Johnson of the Hamilton County Saddle Club for an extension on their grant will be considered by the board.

Fort Dodge resident charged with possession of child pornography.
Posted: Nov 14 2015 by ppowers

 An 18 year old Fort Dodge resident was arrested Friday by Fort Dodge Police. Detectives with the Fort Dodge/ Webster County Criminal Investigations Division Cyber Crimes Unit launched an investigatation into a case involving the sharing of child pornography via online social media. It is alleged that on October 11,2015, Kelliann Beals created a fake social media account that portrayed the name and photographs of another Fort Dodge resident who is a juvenile female and her name is not being released. Beals then had in her possession several sexually explicit photographs of the juvenile victim. Beals then disseminated the sexually explicit photographs on the fake social media account page in which was then available to be viewed by other followers of that social media account. The fake social media account that was created by Beals has since been seized by the Fort Dodge/Webster County Cyber Crimes Unit. Beals was arrested and charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of disseminating child pornography. She was being held in the Webster County Jail in Fort Dodge.

Stanhope City Council
Posted: Nov 13 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting earlier this week the Stanhope City Council members met with Ginny Krieger of the Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County for their 2016-17 fiscal year budget request from the city of Stanhope. The council voted to approve a contribution of $760 to help out the center and its services. Ground breaking for the new location center in Webster City located at the corner of Ohio and Prospect Street is slated for sometime next year. The center will be known as the Adele and Dean Bowden Youth and Family Clinic when it opens its doors late next year. 

The council approved the second reading of an ordinance granting Black Hills/Iowa Gas Utility Company to construct,operate,maintain and extend a natural gas distribution plant and system for the city of Stanhope. A new security door for the stair in the old community building to keep out unauthorized personnel. Plans for building an electric substation were discussed by council members. The council will be in contact with DGR Engineering on the plans. There will be a special meeting of the Stanhope city council next Tuesday evening,November 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Stratford School Board to meet Wednesday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 13 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Stratford School Board will be Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 at the school library. The board will be updated from superintendent Sarah Binder on the recent parent teacher's conference, a review of professional growth and development and the early literacy initiative and Iowa Reading Corps Elementary Literacy Tutor update. There will be a look at updating the ELC  play area, plans for a holiday celebration and a strategy session to discuss the Stratford Community School's interests for the 2016-17 school year.

The next Webster City Community School Board meeting will be Monday evening.
Posted: Nov 13 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community School Board will meet Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.at the school administration building at 820 Des Moines Street. One of the agenda items will be a closed session to evaluate the professional competency of Ted Larson as Transportation Director whose appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered when necessary to prevent needless and irreparable injury to that individual. The board will consider Larson's appointment at the conclusion of the closed door meeting. Other items for discussion will be the intent to bargain with the Webster City Educational Services Association (WCESA) for a new contract. There will also be a review of 28-E agreements, approve fund raising requests,consider special education contracts, seniority listings and the second reading on board policies for support employment personal illness and bereavement leave. The Webster City school board will consider a Modified Allowable Growth Request and plans for next week's Iowa Association of School Board convention in Des Moines.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Nov 13 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City City Council will be Monday afternoon at 5:15 in the Fuller Hall Sampson Room. The council will receive a report from the Hamilton County Freedom Rock Committee. There will also be an update from Youth and Family Service director Jane Adams followed by a report from the Webster City Airport Commission chairman Scott Bargfrede and commission members Ron Birkestrand and Diane Knudsen. The council will consider a resolution to amend the wholesale firm power contract to the date of December 31,2055. The first reading of a proposed ordinance on establishing new rates to be charged for electrical energy sold by the city of Webster City.In other matters, the council will make committee appointments, conduct the second reading on amending the rezoning of property from an agricultural to heavy industrial district located on East Second Street, set December 7,2015 at 5:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the amending of the sign ordinance and hold the first reading on the operating of a perpertual care cemetery. There will also the approval of auditing services for the 2016,2017 and 2018 fiscal years for the city audit between the city of Webster City and Williams and Company plus other matters.

Fort Dodge man facing charges after an early morning pursuit.
Posted: Nov 12 2015 by ppowers

 A Fort Dodge man was apprehended early Thursday morning after a pursuit through the city. Fort Dodge Police observed a suspicious vehicle in the 1400 block of Avenue B. As the officer approached the vehicle to investigate, the vehicle began to leave the area. As the vehicle left the area,the driver failed to stop for a stop sign. At that time, the officer attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver refused to stop. After a short vehicle pursuit, the driver then crashed into a fence on Avenue O near the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.The driver then fled on foot and was apprehened a short time later. The driver was identified as 33 year old Timothy Gifford of Fort Dodge. Gifford was transported to Unity Point-Trinity Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident. Fort Dodge Police said Gifford had two outstanding warrants and was charged with Escape from Custody, Violation of Probation, Eluding, Second Degree Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Controlled Substance and multiple traffic offenses.

Roland Story school board looks at goals for the school year.
Posted: Nov 12 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting on Monday evening,the Roland Story school board approved the following board goals for the 2015-16 school year. One of the goals was to support and encourage innovative and highly collaborative teaching approaches that enhance student and staff learning. Examples include Professional Learning Communities, the Teacher Leadership System and Project Based Learning. The school board will utilize board meetings and work sessions to engage in and learn more about the district's initiatives that improve student learning. Another goal is that the board will encourage regular and ongoing communication with all stakeholders and work to ensure that effective communication tools are used well and that the content remains current. The Roland Story school board will frequently assess facilities and continue progress on the Facilities Master Plan which includes addressing safety and security needs of students and staff. 

The Roland Story school board approved the request from the School Budget Review Committee modified supplemental amount of $91,533 for increasing enrollment and $7,091 for LEP instruction beyond five years. The resignations of special education associate Darla Tjelmeland and 7th grade volleyball coach Kris Vinson were accepted. Contracts were approved for elementary special education associates  Tiffany Heifner and Laura Lowe and for head high school girls track Natalie Whipple. Volunteer contracts for high school wrestling coaches Adam Pittman, Tim Patterson, and Clint Rothfus,high school girls basketball coach Chris Barkema and high school boys basketball coach Bob Berggren.

Stratford City Council looks at improvements to Commercial Street.
Posted: Nov 12 2015 by ppowers

 The Stratford City Council met with Bolton and Menk engineer Jim Leiding on the preliminary cost opinion for improvements the Commercial Street. The total opinion of the improvement cost for the west portions of the street is $422,090 with the improvement cost to the east side of the street at $369,640. The project could be divided into two stages however a single project has ccost savings. Portland concrete cement pavement was quoted although Leiding indicated that hot mix asphalt typically would  be similar costs. Stratford city manager Rachel Cahill has discussed the potential Tax Increment Financing Commercial Street improvement project with Dorsey and Whitney,L.L.C. who indicated Stratford's Urban Renewal Plan must be amended for specific TIF projects and the city must carry out legally required notifications and consultations. The new United Cooperative infrastructure has not yet been assessed a value by the Hamilton County Assessor. It will be done by the end of this year, assessed in 2016 and taxes payable in 2017 and 2018. The Stratford city council decided to table the amended Urban Renwal Plan required for the TIF project for the Commercial Street infrastructure improvements until the new assessed valuations are in from the Hamilton County Assessor.

In other matters, the Stratford city council approved the funding request of $620 from the Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County for the 2017 fiscal year. A quote for $4800 from Powers Tree Service for utility line clearance, maintenance trim and debris cleanup for electric utility work. The council authorized the city manager to prepare  a cost analysis for repair and renovation of City Hall based on the initial plan of action presented. 

Fiddler on the Roof to open tonight at South Hamilton!
Posted: Nov 12 2015 by ppowers


The musical "Fiddler on the Roof"opens Thursday night for three performances at Robert Jensen Auditorium at South Hamilton High School in Jewell. A cast of over 20 students will be featured in the Hamilton Holidays production. The musical features familiar musical numbers including "Tradition", "Sunrise Sunset", "Matchmaker","If I Were a Rich Man" and others. Performances will be at 7:00 tonight through Saturday night. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

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