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Calhoun County Accident investigated by the Iowa State Patrol.
Posted: Jul 18 2014 by ppowers

 A 16 year old Fort Dodge motorist was injured Wednesday evening in a one car accident on 180th Street in rural Calhoun County. The Iowa State Patrol reported a westbound 1993 Chrysler New Yorker driven by Caryn Dawson entered the north ditch after losing control of the car. The Dawson car rolled onto its top. Dawson was transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge for treatment of possible injuries. Damage to the Dawson car was estimated at 2000 dollars. Investigating trooper Niles charged Caryn Dawson with Failure to Maintain Control.

Clarion City Council to meet Monday.
Posted: Jul 18 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Clarion City Council will be Monday afternoon at 5:00 in the city council chambers.  Agenda items include a discussion on transit issues with the Wright County Transit System followed by the approval of a transportation contract between the city of Clarion and the Wright County Transit System. An update on the Clarion Housing Project will be presented by David Doxtad of the I and S Group. The council will approve the first reading of an ordinance on increasing the water utility service fees for residents plus other matters.

Patton welcomed as new Roland Story Superintendent.
Posted: Jul 18 2014 by ppowers

 On Monday Matt Patton was welcomed as the new superintendent of the Roland Story Community School District at the monthly board meeting.  Patton started his work as superintendent on July 1 as he succeeded Mike Billings who retired after 14 years on June 30. One of the board agenda items was the approval of the 2014-15 goals for the superintendent. They are to complete the superintendent entry plan, effectively carry out the facilities master plan and successfully implement the teacher leadership plan.  The board approved the annual board resolutions appointments and assignments with the elimination of the specific month to set and review board goals and providing superintendent Patton with the flexibility in determining which personel groups are required to receive annual trainings. 

The Roland Story board approved the submission of legislative priorities to the Iowa Association of School Boards. One of the priorities is to support the repeal of the mandatory school start date. Another is to support the setting of supplemental  state aid by the date specified in the Iowa Code at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects the actual cost increases experienced by school districts and area education agencies. One other priority is to support the use of physical plant and equipment levy  (PPEL)funds for the maintenance and repair of transportation equipment that can be purchased or financed with PPEL funds.

In other matters the Roland Story school board tabled the decision on the property and liability insurance until the renewal numbers are received.The milk, bread and fuel bids were approved with Anderson Erickson, Bimbo Bakeries and Key Cooperative respectively.  Contracts were approved for sixth grade teacher Rachel Wilkinson, high school special needs associate Desiree Brent and for bus driver William Garland. A volunteer high school football contract for Michael Stensland was approved by the Roland Story board.

Webster City City Council to meet Monday afternoon.
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Webster City City Council will be Monday at 5:15 in the city hall council chambers. Agenda items include considering the request from TK's Tavern at 723 Second Street for temporary outdoor service to extend boundaries in the 700 block North parking lot for Bike Night on July 26. Bids will be obtained for a pickup truck with utility box and a new snow plow for the city street department. The second reading of a proposed ordinance for the zoning of detached garages will be held. The third reading on the proposed ordinance for animal protection and control will be held plus other matters that may come before the council meeting.

Boone River Clean Up Day is set for August 2.
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 The annual Boone River Clean Up Day is August 2. Volunteers will be in need to help with the effort. You are to meet at shelter number one at Briggs Woods Park at 7:00 a.m. Parking will be in the canoe access parking lot located next to the campgrounds. The volunteers will be shuttled from Briggs Woods to Riverside Park in Webster City. This year the volunteers will clean up the 4. 6 miles of river between Briggs Woods Park to Riverside Park. A free t-shirt will be presented to the volunteers participating in the clean up efforts. A limited number of canoes are available on a first come first served basis. If you bring your own canoe, please drop it off at Riverside Park before you arrive at Briggs Woods Park for registration. Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Parents must sign a waiver and medical information for all youth under the age of 18. All volunteers must abide by the Iowa D.N.R. boating laws. There will be no alcohol consumption allowed. If you have any questions be sure to call the Hamilton County Conservation Office at 515-832-1570.

Second Street resurfacing project to begin Monday
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Public Works Department announced that Second Street between West Avenue and James Street will be resurfaced by Fort Dodge Asphalt effective this Monday,July 21. Motorists are advised if they need to be in the area, you will be in for delays. It is recommended that motorists take Overpass Drive and James Street also known as Old Highway 20 to avoid the construction activities. The contractor is planning to make every effort to have the work completed as soon as possible. If there are any questions regarding the street delays,you are asked to contact Matt Alcazar at the Public Works Department at 832-9139.

Visitors learing about Hamilton County's past at Hetland Cemetery.
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 

The Hamilton County Cemetery Preservation Society welcomed over 20 visitors to Hetland Cemetery southeast of Ellsworth Wednesday during a tour of the pioneer cemetery. One of the tour guides is Jean Ripley as she talked about the Berve family gravesite. The cemetery held its first burial in 1882. The latest burial was 30 years ago in December,1984 when Arthur Neubauer was buried. Visitors watched a demonstration by Chad Eels on cleaning and repairing a gravestone.The society schedules a walk through these cemeteries each year with the focus on the six pioneer cemeteries across the county. If you would like to know about the cemetery preservation society contact either members Jackie Frederick in Jewell or Linda Wild in Randall.

Stratford City Council sets public hearing for revitalization project.
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 On Monday evening, the Stratford city council set August 11 for a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant-Downtown Revitalization Facade Project. The work is set to begin next year. The council authorized mayor Mike Neperney to sign the Iowa Economic Development Block Grant contract for the sanitary sewer improvement project. Another one of the resolutions approved by the council was for the Iowa Department of Transportation City Street Financial  Report for the 2014 Fiscal Year. A contract for $1,580 from Heartland Awning and Design to replace the city hall awning cover was approved. The council approved a quote from Hanson Masonry for $1,410 for the door replacement project on the west side of the maintenance building was approved with the work to begin later this summer.

Hamilton County League of Women Voters set Straw Poll questions at the Hamilton County Fair next week.
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County League of Women Voters invite fair goers to participate in the annual Straw Poll during the Hamilton County Fair July 22 to 27. The poll has been held for many years. The questions posed to fair visitors are of local, state and national interest. There will be five questions this year. The first one is should the U.S. Congress pass an immigration law that includes a path to citizenship? Another question is should the Iowa Legislature raise the gas tax for the maintenance and construction of roads and bridges? Shoud a picture I.D. be required to vote if you are already registered to vote? The next question is should Iowa legalize the sale of medical marijuana (cannabis oil) within the state? The final question in the poll is should bicyclists be better instructed to follow the same rules as motor vehicles. While at the League of Women Voters booth you are invited to register to vote in the upcoming elections plus register to be a member of the League. The League of Women Voters booth is located in the Ed Prince Building.

Stratford school board faces short agenda Wednesday evening.
Posted: Jul 17 2014 by ppowers

 The Stratford Community School Board held a short meeting Wednesday evening in the school library. The board approved a bid from P and P Electric of Webster City for electric work in the school bus barn.The bid was at $1850. The work is to begin in the next few days. First State Bank and U.S.Bank were named as the bank depositories for school funds. A bid from Anderson Erickson Dairy for milk products was approved. The next meeting of the Stratford school board will be Wednesday,August 20 at 5:30 p.m.

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