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Stratford City Council looks at an electrical system review.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 This week the Stratford City Council discussed an electrical system review provided by Brown Engineering Company. The report gave an overview of existing system configuration,discussed again and equipment failure and how this equipment may or may not be able to move from a delta system to a wye system and reviewed the existing system potential for load growth inclduing the planned  United Cooperative expansion project. The recommendation from Brown Engineering for the planned United Cooperative expansion is to do a dedicated circuit 12.57 kilovolts tapped at the existing susbstation. This would allow additional load margin at the existing substation. This would allow additional load margin at the existing substation transformers for the balance of the existing overhead circuits which feeds the rest of the town. An added benefit of this action is postponement of decisions regarding reconfiguration of the system from 2400 volts to 4160 volts. Re-circuiting can then take place to fit the systems needs in an orderly fashion. No action was taken since approval to convert the circuit on Commercial Street was passed at last month's council meeting.  The Stratford City Council voted to approve the electric service upgrade on the northeast pole in the city park to 400 amp service plus the upgrade of two current camper hookups on the east side of the park. The upgrade was approved by a vote of 3 to 0. Council member Rick Woodard abstained because he felt the money should be used to remove dead trees from the park.

In other matters, the Stratford city council approved a resolution to appoint Rachel Cahill as Stratford city manager for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years.Alan Schroeder was re-appointed as city attorney through December,2016 when he retires and closing down his law office.

Stratford Community School Board to meet Thursday,May 21.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 The May meeting for the Stratford Community School Board will be held Thursday,May 21 at 5:30 at the elementary school library. The board will review the end of year assessments, positive behavior interventions and support and on paramount school status, a maker space project, review a clarity tech assessment,award the Martha Simonson Memorial Scholarship, review the plans for summer professional growth and development activities and approve the teacher leadership and compensation system leaders for 2015-16. The Stratford School Board will have the first reading on board policies for noninstructional operations and business services,buildings and sites and on school district-community relations.There will also be a a look at building and grounds update including new carpeting, work on plumbing, new concrete and the installation of playground pieces.

Fort Dodge man facing charges in early morning incident on Wednesday.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 Police in Fort Dodge late Tuesday night  were called to 1003 South 33rd Stret for a male who was destroying the residence and vehicles outside. The individual fled the area prior to officers arriving on the scene. Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, officers were called back to the residence. The called stated that the male was back at the residence, armed with a handgun and was threatening to shoot responding officers or himself. The police arrived on the scene and began searching the area for the male subject. He was located a short time later and taken into custody without incident. He was identified as Jerod Hays. Hays was found to be in possession of a realistic airsoft pistol, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted by the Webster County Sheriff's Office, Fort Dodge Fire Department and Unity Point Ambulance.

Stanhope City Council look at several issues this week.
Posted: May 14 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting earlier this week, the Stanhope City Council approved an agreement with Kyle Johnson and Craig Johnson to place sheep out at the City Waste Stabilization Lagoon until October 31,2015. A checklist for community center rentals was approved. Each renter will receive a renter check list that is required to fill out and sign. The approving city official will go through after the rental is done and check to make sure it was completed. Any infractions will result in a fee of $10 for each item and will come out of their deposit. This policy is to insure everyone will take care of the building.  Building permits were approved by the council for projects at 880 Viking Court, 510 Bute Street and 925 Iowa Street. The Stanhope City Council approved the information and images produced for the reimaging that was done for the city. Hamilton County S.E.E.D. requested a member of the council to help with this process. Susan Moore volunteered to help. A request from the Stanhope Fitness Center Committee was approved to start a Facebook page to keep everyone informed on what's happening with the fitness center project. The councl also approved Brian Holt to do a tree survey for the city of Stanhope to find out what kind of trees the city has and how many to determine the future of Ash trees in Stanhope. 

Roland Story School Board members look at building projects for the summer season.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 Building improvement projects for the summer months were discussed at Monday's meeting of the Roland Story Community School Board. The board approved the two quotes from Baker Group for $23,693 to replace a compressor and add a roof top air conditioning unit to the high school building. A quote from Peterson's Paint and Floors for $12,146 for the replacement of carpet in two rooms at the elementary and the replacement of the tile baseboard on the main floor of the high school. The board approved the quote from Wirth Concrete and Manatt's for $13,620 for concrete work at the high school building. Mid Iowa Enterprises will be responsible for the high school tuck pointing project. The Roland Story school board approved their bid of $1,619. Another bid from Manatt's was approved for $7,758 for asphalt patch work. Three bids were approved for new vehicles. The first one came from Gookin Ford for $20,374 for a 2015 Taurus. The second from Stew Hansen Dodge for $20,911 for two 2015 Dodge Caravans. The final bid approved was for a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban from Karl Chevrolet amounting to $36,314. The Roland Story school board accepted the technology project bid from Communication Innovators for $314,925 and an alternate number one bid for $1,534 for the installation of new phones, intercom system and clocks in all three school buildings. The MacBook Pro bid from Apple for $133,737 for the replacement of staff computers was also approved.

In other matters the Roland Story school board approved the three year agreement with Nolte, Cornman and Johnson to complete the district's annual financial audit. Resignations from high school associate Donna Sheppard, eighth grade softball coach Susan Johnson and elementary school associate Amy Adams.Contracts were approved for Caryn Watson for half time pre-kindergarten, ninth grade volleyball coach Andrea Zalaznik and volunteer baseball coach Ross Barclay.

A 3.1 percent salary increase with an increase in insurance to 85 percent for all classified staff working 9 months and 30 or more hours a week, Bus driver's salaries were adjusted 22 percent to a minimum of $40 a route with an additional $1.00 per route for every five years of experience,plus changing the substitute teacher pay rate from $90 to $100 per day. The Roland Story administrators will receive a 3.5 percent total package increase beginning July 1,2015.

Webster City Farmers Market to open May 23rd.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Farmers Market will kick off the season on May 23rd from 8 am – 11 am with a limited amount of vendors.  A larger number of vendors and products will be at the market beginning May 30th.  The market is located in City Hall Plaza on the corner of Second and Seneca Streets in downtown Webster City.Additional vendors are needed and encouraged to participate, especially food vendors to provide breakfast items as well as fresh baked goods.  Vendors interested in selling home grown, hand crafted or homemade items are also encouraged to take part in the market.  For guidelines and additional information, please contact Stacy Grimshaw at 515-832-9141, or stop into the Utility Office located in City Hall for more information.  There is no cost to be a vendor at the market.


Students at South Central Calhoun High School to meet at various locations.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 The South Central Calhoun Community School Board announced Wednesday morning that students at the high school in Lake City will attend classes at various locations in the community due to the tornado damage at the school Sunday evening. The classes will be held in churches, the Lake City Public Library and at the community center. The final day of classes will be May 28. There are plans for a temporary roof at the high school auditorium until the damaged roof can be permanently replaced. Classes the South Central Calhoun High School were called off Monday and Tuesday due to the damage to the school building.

Five high school graduation ceremonies set for Sunday.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 Five area high schools will celebrate their seniors with the graduation ceremonies  set for this Sunday afternoon, May 17. Each of the ceremonies will feature talks by students, musical selections, awarding of diplomas and the traditional Pomp and Circumstance. All the ceremonies will be held in the respective high school gymnasiums at 2:00 p.m. Webster City will have 125 students graduating, Eagle Grove with 62 students, Clarion Goldfield Dows with 70 and Roland Story will have 70 students receiving their diplomas. The most notable commencement will be at Northest Hamilton in Blairsburg as this will be the final commencement ceremony for the 53 year old school. Fourteen students will graduate in this final graduation program at Northeast Hamilton High School beginning at 12:30 in the school gym. Students at Northeast Hamilton middle and high schools will be attending Webster City or open enrolled to other districts beginning this August. Two other high schools will have their graduation ceremonies on Sunday,May 24. South Hamilton will graduate 59 seniors at 2:00 p.m. on that date. There will be 49 students graduating on May 24 from Belmond Klemme High School with the ceremony starting at 2:30. Both graduation programs will take place at the South Hamilton and Belmond Klemme high school gymnasiums.

Northeast Hamilton School Board will meet Thursday afternoon.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Northeast Hamilton Community School Board will be held Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the elementary media center in Blairsburg.The board will look at plans for a multiage classroom and child care for the school district. There will be a recommendation to the board to terminate, approve a trip request, review milk and bread bids,set the breakfast and lunch prices for 2015-16 school year, and approve a wellness policy. A contract settlement with the Northeast Hamilton Education Association will be reviewed by board members. The non bargaining contracts will also be presented to the board meeting. There will be reports by Northeast Hamilton superintendent Mike Sherwood and assistant superintendent and principal Mike Kruger.

Randall City Council looks at repairing water storage facility.
Posted: May 13 2015 by ppowers

 At a meeting Tuesday evening, the Randall City Council looked at options to repairing or replacing the city's water storage facility. After reviewing the quotes, the council accepted a bid of $24,500 from Steel Contractors,Incorporated to replace the roof pending research of the vendor.The council reminds the citizens of Randall with late water bills will receive the required by ordinance late notices and if still not paid the water will be turned off as outlined in the city code of ordinances. Due to a recent sewer problem at the Randall gym during an event, there was a request for partial reimbursement for the rent of the facility. The council agreed to return $100 of the rent for the inconvenience. Regarding the junk and junk vehicle problems, one citizen has removed the problem. Another has asked for an extension and the third citizen is working to clean up the problem.

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