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Stanhope City Council accepts bid for electric substation project.
Posted: Jun 16 2016 by ppowers

 The Stanhope City Council Tuesday evening accepted a bid from Primoris Aevenia of Sioux City for the construction of a new electric substation. The total bid cost came in at $253,836. Work on the new substation is expected to start sometime later this summer. The council approved a resolution for the opening of bids  on July 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the Stanhope Community Centeer for the furnishing primary power cable and padmount transformers. Bids will be received by the City Clerk before the July 6 date. A public hearing for the project was set Tuesday,July 12 at 6:30 during the city council meeting. An ordinance for speed regulations in Stanhope was approved. A building permit for 760 Viking Court was approved by council members. The Stanhope council approved that future celebration of life services to be held in the community center will be for local residents only.

Stratford City Council approves bid for Commercial Street Improvement Project.
Posted: Jun 15 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Monday, the Stratford City Council accepted the low bid of $930,959 from Godbersen Smith Construction of Ida Grove for the Commercial Street Improvement Project. No date was announced as to when the project will begin. The council reviewed a Debt Capacity Analysis and Sources and Use of General Obligation Urban Renewal Bonds plus other street financing considerations for the Commercial Street Improvement Project. Michael Maloney of D.A. Davidson presented to the council the information for them to consider. Maloney said the the repayment of General Obligation bonds is intended to be structured to limit the potential impact to current property tax rates. The city expects to be able to repay the annual debt service from projected urban renewal Tax Increment Financing revenues beginning in the 2018 fiscal year. There are plans on the city contributing $400,000 from surplus funds. The Stratford council voted to approve a resolution on tax compliance procedures relating to tax exempt bonds for the project along with a General Obligation Corporate Purpose Loan Agreement. 

In other matters, the Stratford city council voted to continue the support of the Main Street Iowa Program in Hamilton County. A request from the Swedish Foundation was tabled to erect a Swedish Monument and eventually a Swedish Museum on the property currently owned by the Stratford Historical Society on Bellville Avenue pending Stratford Historical Society sale of the same property back to the city.  A request from the Stratford Community Development Corporation and the Stratford Fitness Center to use a white water soluble locating paint to mark a course route and to use an ATV on city streets for the 5K Run and Walk event on July 9.  An agreement was signed for Iowa Department of Transportation Agreement for Maintenance and Repair  of Primary Roads  in Municipalities. A request from Jessica Ford to keep chickens in a fenced kennel 925 Burns Street was approve.

Nessa pleads guilty to charges after an incident in December,2014, sentence to be reconsidered June 24.
Posted: Jun 15 2016 by ppowers

 A 53 year old Woolstock man made an appearance Monday in Story County District Court in Nevada on charges filed against him in December,2014. Terry Lee Nessa pleaded guilty to the charges of Assault,a Serious Misdemeanor and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree,a Class D felony. Nessa was sentenced to serve one year in the Story County Jail on the Assault charge but would be granted credit against that sentence for any time previously spent in custody, fined $315 plus the statutory surcharge of 35 percent and court costs. As for the charge of Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Nessa will  be committed to the custody of the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed five years. The defendant would be granted credit against that sentence for any time previously spent in custody because of his inability to funish bail. The sheriff would deliver the defendant to the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale. Nessa would pay a fine in the amount $750 plus the statutory surcharge of 35 percent, the $125 law enforcement initiative surcharge and court costs. Both the fine and surcharge were suspended. The periods of confinement for both charges would run concurrently.Nessa was ordered to make victim restitution in the amount of $3,000, prohibited from having any contact whatsoever with Lyndal Olson and or members of his family for five years.The court was also advised that as part of the plea agreement,Nessa would be afforded the opportunity of a reconsideration of the sentence hearing within 14 days of his taking into custody. The defendent's sentence will be reconsidered on June 24 at 1:00 p.m. in the Webster County District Courtroom in Fort Dodge.Nessa was also advised of his right to appeal the sentence and conviction to the Iowa Supreme Court. A charge of Burglary in the First Degree filed against Nessa was dismissed.Nessa is being represented by attorney Nevin Mulholland while the state was represented by Story County Attorney Stephen Holmes. The case was heard by District Judge Kurt Wilke.

On December 12,2014,Terry L. Nessa and Ted Larson broke into the rural Story County  home of Lyndal Olson.Last October, a judge placed Larson on probation after he pleaded guilty to the charges of assault and criminal mischief that were filed against him.

Webster City woman charged with Forgery and First Degree Theft
Posted: Jun 15 2016 by ppowers

 A Webster City woman is facing charges for forging checks to two local financial institutions. Webster City Police charged 36 year old Lisa Dorothy on May 31 with First Degree Theft and 12 counts of Forgery. It was reported that multiple checks totaling $42,500 were taken from a local residence and made out to Dorothy. The checks  were allegedly forged by Dorothy and were cashed at First State Bank and WCF Financial Bank. The checks were cashed between January 13 through May 31,2016. 

Charges filed against Duncombe motorist in Christmas Day fatality accident.
Posted: Jun 15 2016 by ppowers

 Charges have now been filed against the driver involved in an accident last Christmas Day on Webster County Road D-20 northwest of Duncombe that killed a Webster City girl.21 year old Ruth Tomlinson of Duncombe is charged with driving on the wrong side of the roadway, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and failure to provide proof of financial liability. The Iowa State Patrol reported that Tomlinson was traveling east when she drifted across the center lane and struck a westbound truck driven by Justin Henry of Webster City. Henry and his passengers Brooke Ford,Hayley Henry,Rowyn Henry and Payton Henry were transported to Unity Point Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Payton was later transported to Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines where she died of her injuries on December 26,2015. Tomlinson is scheduled to make an appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court in Fort Dodge on Friday.

Contracts and personnel issues face South Hamilton School Board Monday evening.
Posted: Jun 14 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting Monday evening, the South Hamilton Community School Board went on a tour of the middle school high school building upgrade project. Superintendent Ken Howard said the work is progressing since the end of the school year two weeks ago. The project includes renovating classrooms and the library. The goal is to have the work completed before the start of the school year. A number of contracts associated with the project were approved. A district wide video surveilance system, elementary wireless clock system, and elementary structured cabling all from Communication Innovators were approved for over $113,000. The purchase of Chromebooks and software from CDW-G and ZONES Connecting Business and Technology was approved by the board. A Wick Storage Shed building from Doyle Construction for $30,746 was approved. In other matters, the South Hamilton school board approved the Cooperative Agreement with Iowa State University for Teacher Education Services to serve as a Clinical Placement Site. The Iowa Association of School Board Legislative Priorities for 2016-17 were approved by the South Hamilton board. The priorities include the State Penny Tax, School Funding Policy, Mental Health and Special Education needs. In personnel matters, the board accepted the resignations of elementary special instructor Deb Bolt, secondary science teacher Kelsi Retallick, wrestling cheer coach Megan Miller and 9th grade boys basketball coach Doug Sogard. The contract for Tony Woodall as head varsity girls basketball coach was not renewed. Mark Henderson will become the head girls basketball coach next season. Contracts were approved for Alessandra Engels as a secondary science teacher, Chris Mullins for elementary special education, Dave Lutjen for 9th grade boys basketball coach, and Joni Brown as a part time food service staff member.Mark Walton was rehired as a special education and ELL para-educator. Plans for a student trip to Costa Rica for next year with Emily Long was also approved by the school board. One of the highlights of the board meeting was the presentation of the Hawk Pride-Friends of Education Award to Collette Friest.

June meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health set for Thursday.
Posted: Jun 13 2016 by ppowers

 The June meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Health will be Thursday afternoon at 5:00 at the public health conference room at 820 James Street. The board will look at personnel issues, consider a cell phone reimbursement, review policies, and a report by director Shelby Kroona will be featured.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jun 13 2016 by ppowers

 Another meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be held Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room in the county courthouse. The board will look at personnel matters with the county secondary road, sheriff and conservation departments. The Central Iowa Community Services Statement of Understanding will be approved. There will be the approval of fireworks permits, a federal aid agreement and a new contract with Teamsters Local 238. The board will set the time and date for the public hearing on the Master Matrix for KMC Farms, LLC plus other matters that may come before the supervisors.

Rockwell man injured in Sunday afternoon motorcycle accident in rural Franklin County.
Posted: Jun 13 2016 by ppowers

 A motorcycle accident in rural Franklin County Sunday afternoon was investigated by the Iowa State Patrol. Reportedly a southbound 2009 Yamaha operated by 62 year old Martin Menken of Rockwell was approaching 2267 Olive Avenue when he noticed a dog in the roadway. Menken was slowing down his motorcycle when he went over into the opposite lane in avoid hitting the dog. The dog then became scared and ran back across the road in front of the motorcycle. The driver was unable to avoid hitting the dog and lost control. Menken was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained non life threatening injuries. He was first taken to Franklin General Hospital in Hampton and later to Mercy North Iowa in Mason City for further treatment. 

Fort Dodge Police investigate truck striking a house Friday night.
Posted: Jun 12 2016 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge Police Friday night were dispatched to the 1100 block of Second Avenue Northwest for a motor vehicle accident. When officers arrived on the scene,it was learned that 30 year old Matthew Blink was operating a 1996 Ford truck when the vehicle lost control and struck the residence of 1120 Second Avenue Northwest causing structural damage. Blink had a child asa  passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The child did not sustain any injuries. Blink was transported by ambulance to Unity Point Medical Center and treated for non life threatening injuries. Blink was later transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His current medical condition is unknown as of Saturday. The crimes of Operating While Intoxicated Third Degree and Child Endangerment are currently being investigated by officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department pending DCI Crime Lab results. The Fort Dodge Fire Department,Unity Point Paramedics and the Iowa State Patrol assisted with the incident.

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