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Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet Thursday.
Posted: Aug 18 2014 by ppowers

 The August meeting of the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will be Thursday afternoon at 5:15 p.m. at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center. The commission will discuss the capital improvement program and budget, receive an update on the dog park at Sketchley Park and the sculptures at West Twin Park plus other matters.

Heritage Day returns to Wilson Brewer Park August 23.
Posted: Aug 15 2014 by ppowers

 The annual Heritage Day returns to the Wilson Brewer Park and Museum on Saturday,August 23. The day begins with the Flea Market and Craft Show at 7:00 a.m.. There will be a wide variety of treasures to choose from. Coffee and rolls will be on sale beginning at 9:00. There will also be a gift shop table with lots of great items representing Webster City. At 9:00, the six historic buildings will open and the sign in for the car/motorcycle show. The car show will continue until 2:00 p.m. This is a non-judged event but the first 50 cars receive a dash plaque. Also at 9:00, you can watch Superman movies and look at photo galleries of George Reeves as Superman during the day. Reeves is the great, great, grandson of Wilson Brewer,the founder of Webster City. The Hamilton Heritage Hunters will be in the old courthouse building sharing information on how to find ancestors and family history. The Iowa Kids Network will have activities for kids throughout the day. Musical entertainment will be from 9:30 until 11:45 with Peter Amstalden and Friends. The members of Troop 17 will serving lunch from 11:00 until 1:00 p.m. Magician Larry Dunbar will entertain with his inter-active program at 1:00 p.m.

Randall City Council looks at water meters for the community.
Posted: Aug 15 2014 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Tuesday, the Randall City Council met with city maintenance employee Alan Hanson on the types of water meters available. Hanson said that the units from two vendors are identical except for the cost of the reader. After discussing the various options it was decided to purchase the electronic reader and meters from Brown Supply of Ames. The target will be to replace 15 meters or so per year. Hanson said he will start with the meters that need replacing now and work out a system to begin the replacement. No action was taken by the council on this matter.

The Randall city council learned that a meeting is scheduled for Wednesday,September 3 at the Hamilton County Courthouse for city and county officials on the impact the property tax reform bill will have on cities and counties. 

The work on the electrical, heating and air conditioning of the fire station is beginning. Once the work has been completed and inspection has been done, the Randall fire department should be able to move in their equipment in the new station

Last seats at Webster Theater sold,opening set for September 19 and 20.
Posted: Aug 15 2014 by ppowers

 Officials of the Help Entertain and Restore Organization (HERO) announced Thursday that all the seats have been sold at the Webster Theater as part of its renovation project. HERO board member Kay Ross thanked everyone who "purchased" a theater seat as part of the fundraising effort to reopen the theater. The HERO group is within $30,000 of the original fundraising goal. Webster City chamber director Deb Brown said that there is still time to make a contribution, finish up the marquee restoration and attend the Red Carpet Affair set for next month. Refurbishing the marquee is the last major initiative to be completed before opening. Old metalwork has been removed to expose the original marquee lines and openings for neon tubing. The goal is to have the marquee switched on during the September 8  RV TV event. The grand opening of the Webster Theater is set for Saturday,September 20. The public is invited to come and see a movie in the newly redone Webster Theater. A Red Carpet Affair event will be held September 19. A complete list of the contributors will be released next week on the Webster Theater website.

Boil advisory in Stanhope.
Posted: Aug 15 2014 by ppowers

 City officials in Stanhope issued a Boil Advisory Thursday after a water main break. This was the third time such an advisory has been issued this year. The last time was twice last winter due to similar water main breaks in the community. Two sets of water samples collected by Stanhope city officials must show the water is safe to drink beofre the boil advisory can be lifted. Stanhope residents are asked to boil the water for one minute and cool before using the water for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until the advisory is lifted. Tap water can still be used for bathing and laundry purposes.

Two accidents investigated Thursday afternoon by Webster City Police.
Posted: Aug 15 2014 by ppowers

 A 14 year old Webster City bicyclist was injured shortly after 12 noon Thursday on Second Street. Webster City Police reported a bicycle operated by Jonathan Hubbard entered the street from a private drive on the north side of the street. An eastbound 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Sidney Renaud of Huxley collided with the Hubbard bicycle. Hubbard was transported to Van Diest Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Damage to the Renaud pickup was estimated at $1000. The accident was investigated by officer Brandon Pritchard.

A two car accident in the 700 block of Superior Street was investigated by Webster City Police. Reportedly a north bound 2004 Buick Century driven by Elizabeth Newman of Webster City failed to stop in time when her car struck the rear bumper of a 2008 Saturn Astra driven by Brady Kern of Stratford. The Kern car was stopped yielding to oncoming traffic. There were no injuries. Investigating officer Jordan Elonich estimated the damage to both the Kern and Newman cars at $500 each.

Webster City City Council to look at policy for approving fireworks,parades and street closures.
Posted: Aug 15 2014 by ppowers

 One of the items on Monday's agenda of the Webster City City Council meeting is to discuss the approval procedure for fireworks, parades and street closures. A presentation by Cooper Power on Smart Meters will be held at the meeting. The city council will consider a resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to enter into an amendment to a wholesale firm power contract between Corn Belt Power Cooperative, North Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association and the City of Webster City. A motion to approve a contract with Reding's Gravel and Excavating of Algona for concrete crushing at the Street Department not to exceed $40,000 will be discussed. In other matters,the council appoint a representative to the Planning and Zoning Commission for the unexpired term ending May 31, 2015 and accept the resignation of Heather Kierzek from the Civil Service Commission. The Webster City City Council meeting begins at 5:15 Monday afternoon. The meeting will be telecast on cable channel 12.

Jewellsworth Trail Project receives grant voting.
Posted: Aug 20 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Board has applied for a $7500 in funding through Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. This is in part with Wellmark's 75th anniversary celebration. Wellmark of Iowa has offered this grant opportunity for community projects such as trails. There will be 10 contest winners. The Hamilton County Conservation Department found out that their grant application is one step closer to being funded if it can gather enough public support and votes through an online voting process. The JewEllsworth Trail project will be online for public voting at www.Wellmark.com/75 from now through September 7. You are invited to share this project with fellow community members, friends and family. Public voting is one of four final factors Wellmark will use to determine the ten winners of $7500. There is only one vote per ISP address per day will be allowed through September 7. Trail projects take time and require local match dollars for future grants to be implemented. If you would like to make a donation to complete the JewEllsworth Trail, please contact Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers at 515-832-9570. All donations are tax deductible.

Chung joins Van Diest Medical Center's health care team.
Posted: Aug 14 2014 by ppowers

 Officials at Van Diest Medical Center are pleased to announce that Kristin Chung, PA-C will join their health care team. Kristin is a Certified Physician Assistant with a Family Medicine background.  She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Kristin will be practicing out of the Main Clinic, currently located in Van Diest Medical Center, and providing care in the Emergency Department at the hospital.“Kristin brings a broad spectrum of knowledge that will enable us to provide a wide range of family medicine services to patients,” shared hospital Chief Executive Officer Lori Rathbun. Kristin will be working with Dr. Reda Daher, Board Certified Internist, also joining the hospital medical team in October of this year.  “This is a very exciting time for area residents with the recent successful recruitment of two new providers.  Offering specialized internal medicine, family practice, and emergency services will continue to benefit our community greatly while supporting the future viability of our county hospital.” Lori Rathbun further stated.   Dr. Daher earned his medical degree from Des Moines University and completed his internal medicine residency at University of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He brings extensive experience working in the hospital inpatient and intensive care setting.  Dr. Daher will see patients in the Main Clinic and provide services in the Emergency Department at Van Diest Medical Center.


Stratford City Council holds a public hearing on Downtown Revitalization
Posted: Aug 13 2014 by ppowers

 The Stratford City Council held a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant Revitalization Facade Project. Stacy Lentsch of the MIDAS Council of Governments presented a review the status of funded activities. A general description of project accompishments to date of work  completed incudes repointing, repairing historic masonry interior and exterior  carpentry, new aluminum framed storefront assemblies, insulated glazing and preparing, painting and finishing of new and existing surfaces of two existing buildings. More specific details include repointed masonry joints, replaced damaged bricks, painted second story window frames and lintels, cleaned exterior masonry,installed backup framing for wood panels at storefront level, storefront window framing and more. The total expenditures to date reflect that $186,300 has been expanded has been expanded in CDBG funds and $5,318 has been expanded in local funds. Total expended to date is $191,618. General description of remaining work includes installlation of decorative painted wood panels below the windows at both buildings, interior wood window stools and trim at both buildings and exterior awning frame and fabric cover on both buildings, cleaning of completed work areas interior and exterior, plus completion of punch list walkthrough and subsequent items from the punch list on both buildings.

The original project was to restore 23 buildings in the central business district of Stratford to prevent further decline of the area and improve energy efficiency of the buildings through the proposed improvements. The project was amended to include only 2 building restorations. The city of Stratford  received $383,602 in C.D.B.G funds from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.There have been two contract amendments that resulted in a reduction of project funds. The final contract amount is at $158,576 of which is $118,721 has been paid to date.  Persons authorized to receive and respond to citizens proposals , questions and complaints concerning the funded activities will be Stacy Lentsch, MIDAS Council of Governments at 515-576-7183,extension 214. 

The council voted to approve the CDBG Downtown Revitalization Facade Project to reimburse the city  of Stratford $46,196 for claims to Peterson Construction and the MIDAS Council of Governments. The Stratford city council also set the public hearing date of September 8 for the CDBG Housing Project.

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