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Stratford City Council meets with Hamilton County S.E.E.D. and Stratford Community Development Corporation.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 At a meeting this week, the Stratford City Council met with Hamilton County S.E.E.D. Economic Development Director Sara Thompson was present to review the past year's work of the S.E.E.D. plus Stratford's accomplishments in the Main Street Iowa program noting that there has been good participation between the City Council, Stratford Community Development Corporation, Stratford Stride as the Organization Committee and Promotions Committee. Stratford Community Development Corporation board member Monika Kirstein outlined the 2014 highlights of the corporation. Kirstein noted that Stratford Stride is now under the Main Street Iowa program organization sector for Stratford and that the promotions committeee planned several events this last year. She commented that the corporation has been doing behind the scenes work by reviewing several rental agreements, investigating building structures and improvement opportunities plus working at collaborating with other groups in the community.

A request from the Stratford Fitness Center for their Turkey Trot Fun Run and Walk evening on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 was approved.The council approved contingent on written approval from the State Fire Marshall, a Stratford Commuity School  building permit request for placement of a diesel tank and cement pad just south of the bus barn.

In other matters, the Stratford council set Monday,December 8 for the first reading to amend provisions pertaining to no parking zones on Highway 175 on both sides from Walnut Street to Teneyck Aveue. The motion for the reading died for a lack of a second.

There was a review of the statement of activities and net assets as audited by Cornwell, Frideres, Maher and Associates for the year ending June 30,2014 The city's total cash basis net assets which include governmental and business type activities decreased by 1.3% or $25,714 from July 1,2013 to June 30,2014, In the proprietary funds, the city continues to encourage electric and water conservations, water and energy savings should be realized in production costs however these utilities still require essential operation and maintenance and the reporting the research needed to stay current with required state and federal mandates. Economic factors that drove the fiscal 2015 governmental budget included the alredy enacted commercial property tax rollbacks plus the upcoming multi residential rollback. Stratford's overall levy rate decreased from $15.90 to $14.98 from fiscal 2014 to fiscal 2015

South Hamilton school district sees a slight increase in its enrollment count for 2014-15.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 The certified enrollment figure for the South Hamilton Community School District for the 2014-15 school year was presented to the school board Monday evening. Superintendent Ken Howard said there has been an increase of two students from the original count thus the South Hamilton district incurred a decrease of less than one half student for the 2013-14. South Hamilton's total enrollment is 653 students. 

One of the highlight of the meeting was a power point presentation on the District Needs Assessment Survey findings for the district.The components include needs assessment a clear shared vision,purpose and goals for the district,high expectations for student learning, leadership and teamwork at all levels and rigorous content standards and a comprehensive asessment system. Ohter components focused on high quality instruction, professional development focused on improvement and family and community connections.Respondents to the survey were all five school board members, three administrators, 32 teachers, nine other staff members, 80 parents and community members, and 21 students.Some of the major improvement recommendations include building beliefs that virtually all students can learn at high levels with a need for improvement, make clear how all have a voice in decision,focus overly on the student expectations in the Iowa Code to improve student performance, the implementation of district assessments aligned to the rigor and content of the Iowa Core. Copies of the report can be reviewed at the school office in Jewell.

In other matters the South Hamilton school board accepted the resignation of boys baseball coach Brett Bell and approved the hiring of 7th grade girls basketball coach Trev Houck, Jay Heeren as 7th gradee girls basketball coach, Cole Swenson as 8th grade girls basketball coach, Dave Lutjen as volunteer assistant varsity boys basketball coach, Brett Bell will be a volunteer baseball coach and Ron Roach as part time custodian.

Vero Blue Farms Open House this Friday afternoon
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 Area residents are invited to come visit the future home of Vero Blue Farms this Friday afternoon, November 14 from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. at 1700 West Second Street. The facility will house the largest indoor fish farming operationg in North American that will employ 150 people.Plans for the Vero Blue Farms operation were shared at the November 3 Webster City City Council meeting. Vero Blue officials purchased the former Beam Manufacturing and Kenco facilities for their aquaculture operations. When completed there will be 215 fish tanks that can each store 10,000 gallons of water. About 20,000 pounds of fish cane be raised anually in each tank. The public is invited to attend this open house and learn more about this operation.

Webster City Police investigate two vehicle accident Tuesday morning.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 Webster City Police investigated a two vehicle accident Tuesday morning at First Street and Broadway. Reportedly a west bound 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV driven by John Schlack of Webster City was unable to stop due to the snow covered street conditions when his vehicle slid into the intersection and collided with a northbound Ford Escape SUV operated by Matthew Roden also of Webster City. The impact sent the Roden SUV to spin across the street striking a sign post. Both drivers escaped injury. Investigating officer Clint Houge estimated the damage to the Schlack vehicle at $2000 and an estimated $1000 in damage to the Roden SUV.

Future of Jewell Jubilee to be discussed Thursday evening.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 For many years the Jewell Lions club has sponsored the annual Jewell Jubilee celebration. The event each year is held the second weekend in June with a parade, barbecue, fireworks and meal. The future of this celebration is on the line due to a drop in financial donations and volunteer support. A meeting on the future of Jewell Jubilee will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 at the Montgomery Memorial Library meeting room. Residents of Jewell are invited to attend this meeting to look at the options.

Eagle Grove school board approves SBRC requests Monday evening.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 The Eagle Grove Community School Board Monday evening approved the requests to the School Budget Review Committee for Modified Supplement Amounts for the 2014-15 for Increasing Enrollment of $14,913, for new Open Enrollment Out at $41,011 and LEP Instruction Beyond Five Years at $22,824. The requests will be sent to the state school budget review committee for final approval.

The board approved the agreement governing the use of Eagle Grove school's facilities by Iowa Central for the 2014-15 school year. The district's Affirmative Action plan was approved by the board.A resignation from Annette Weist as a teacher associate was accepted. Superintendent Jess Tolliver informed the board on the completion of the lighting projects and boiler inspections in each of the district buildings.


Randall City Council looks at joining Hamilton County S.E.E.D.
Posted: Nov 12 2014 by ppowers

 At their Tuesday night meeting the Randall City Council looked at the possibility of joining Hamilton County Support for Enriching Economic Development (S.E.E.D). The city was a former member of the county economic development organization but left the group a few years ago. One of the reasons for rejoining is to get a grant for renovating the front of a building on the Main Street area owned by Darrel Henderson.The council had several questions and asked that he provide additional information before a commitment is made. A report will be made at the December meeting.

The Randall fire station has been completed. The community fire department and city grounds department have moved their equipment to the new facility. 

There was a brief discussion on barking dogs in the Randall community on a property on Third Street Circle. Randall residents K.C. and Steven Moore suggested that the city have any ordinance similar to Story City's ordinance on barking dogs. The city of Randall's code of ordinances contains an exact copy. The ordinance states that it is unlawful for the owner of a dog to allow or permit such dogs to cause serious annoyance or disturbance to any person or persons by frequent and habitual howling and barking or by running after or chasing persons, bicyles, automobiles or other vehicles. There will be further discussion at next month's meeting.

Lockdown ends at Iowa Central Community College.
Posted: Nov 11 2014 by ppowers

 Classes are resuming today on the Fort Dodge campus of Iowa Central Community College after a lockdown was issued late Monday afternoon. Fort Dodge Police responded to an altercation on campus. Officers spoke with a female who stated that a group of males entered her dorm room while her and others were in the room. During the investigation,one of the individuals displayed a firearm to the individuals in the room. There were no injuries. The males left the room a short time later. Fort Dodge Police and Iowa Central officials placed the entire campus on lockdown for nearly three hours as the investigation continued. The all clear was given at 6:15 Monday evening after it was determined that everything was safe on campus. Fort Dodge Police Chief Kevin Doty said the incident appeared to be an isolated one with no danger to anyone. The police and Iowa Central officials will continue with their investigation.

Hilpipre sworn in as new Hamilton County Treasurer
Posted: Nov 10 2014 by ppowers


Joni Hilpipre was sworn in Monday afternoon as the new Hamilton County Treasurer. Hilpipre won Tuesday's election for the position. She will serve for the next four years. Hilpipre takes over the seat from Shari Vermett who has retired. Vermett has been a long time employee in the county treasurer's department.She became treasurer when Deb Leksell retired two years ago. There were no changes as far as office staff in the treasurer's office. Authorization on accounts were approved between the treasurer and First American Bank, First State Bank and WCF Financial Bank.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Nov 10 2014 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be held Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors room of the courthouse in Clarion. The board will meet with county engineer Adam Clemons for a proposed feasibility and design services project on a bridge located on Wright County Road R-65 in Belmond Township. Wright County Assessor Shari Plagge will present the Family Farm Credit Applications for approval. There will be a canvas for votes in the November 4 general election. Elderbridge Agency on Aging Director Beth Bahnson will present her annual report to the supervisors. In other matters, the Wright County Supervisors will look at plans for cleaning out the ditch in drainage district 62. The board will go into a closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategy at 11:00 a.m. A department head meeting is scheduled for 1:30 Monday afternoon.

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