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Hamilton County Solid Waste Commission votes to increase the fees for tires delivered to the county landfill.
Posted: Jan 15 2015 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Solid Waste Commission voted Wednesday evening to increase the fees for tires delivered to the county landfill near Kamrar. Semi tires without a rim will be at $10. Semi tires with a rim will be $15. Rear tractor tires up to 38 inches will increase to $18. Rear tractor tires over 38 inches will cost $35. 

Jerry Kloberdanz of Webster City was elected chairperson of the Hamilton County Solid Waste Commission for 2015. Lendall Mechaelsen as vice chairperson. Cherie Ferguson as secretary treasurer.  Dale Graham and Troy Hassebrock will be the Hamilton County representatives to the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency Executive Board. Alternates to the agency board will be Lendall Mechaelsen and Wes Sweedler.

Hagie Manufacturing honored with CropLife IRON Product of the Year.
Posted: Jan 15 2015 by ppowers

 Officials with Hagie Manufacturing in Clarion have announced that the STS Application Series has been selected as the 2014 CropLife IRON Product of the Year. The award was presented to Hagie representatives at the American Seed Trade Association show held recently in Chicago. Crop Life Editor Eric Sfiligoj started the Product of the Year award to acknowledge the best prodct of the year in ag retail equipment. He stated that no product has come close to receiving the overwhelming number of votes from readers as Hagie did this year. The readers of CropLife IRON annually select five products introduced during the current calendar year that they considered "the best of the best". Readers vote for one month on their favorite among the five nominees to determine which product was the year's best. For 2014, Hagie Manufacturing's STS Series self propelled sprayer was selected as the best of the year by almost  64 percent of the Crop Life IRON  readers who voted out of a total of just under 2,000 votes cast. The STS Series features a new drive system, cab design, engine and solution system for optimal efficiency, safety and performance. In addition, Hagie Manufacturing's  High Speed Toolbar, Cover Crop Interseeder and STS with Tracks have been named recipients of AE50  awards deemed to be one of the year's most innovative designs in engineering products for the food and agriculture industries.

Stratford City Council make appointments at their meeting.
Posted: Jan 15 2015 by ppowers

 The Stratford City Council made appointments to boards and commissions this week.Rick Woodard was named mayor pro tem for 2015. Stratford City Manager Rachel Cahill was named Hamilton County S.E.E.D. Board representative. Larry Runyan was appointed as a board member and Chase Haman as alternate member to the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency. Cahill was also named to serve as a board member for the Iowa Agency for Municipal Wind. Travis Sonksen was named board member and Mark Scott as alternate for the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority. The Stratford City Council approved the Certificate of Completion for Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division Sanitary Sewer Strengthening Project and to pay out the $15,449 retainage to Spray Corn Utilities thirty days later on February 13,2015. A budget workshop for the 2015 fiscal year will be held in the Stratford City Hall on February 9 at 6:00 p.m. Several resolutions were approved by the Statford council at this week's meeting. They included the payment of certain types of expenditures prior to council approval, delinquent utility bill procedures, naming depositories and signators for city funds, a policy for snow removal of South Marion and Oakwood Cemeteries and on policies on access to customer's utility records. Stratford city manager Rachel Cahill informed the council that Hamilton County S.E.E.D.  hired a firm to do a series of Community Imaging Workshiops which will involve the S.E.E.D. board and the communities of Ellsworth,Jewell, Stanhope and Stratford. Each community  will have their own workshop which will involve the municipal and development leaders, business owners,young professionals and others interested in developing a community image for Stratford.

Stanhope City Council make appointments for 2015.
Posted: Jan 15 2015 by ppowers

 At their meeting Tuesday evening the Stanhope City Council made appointments for 2015. Nick Mitchell was appointed EMT director for the community. Mike Hanson was named Fire Chief, Gary Baker as assistant Fire Chief, Greg Smith as Captain and David Read as Secretary. The Stanhope City Council set March 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a public hearing on the 2015-16 operating budget. A resolution authorizing the continued participation and cooperation in the National Flood Insurance Progam for the city of Stanhope was approved. There was also the approval of a resolution authorizing the submission of an Enhance Hamilton County Foundation grant application for improvements on Parker Street in Stanhope.

No objections raised in early start date for South Hamilton Schools.
Posted: Jan 14 2015 by ppowers

 At a public hearing held Monday evening, the South Hamilton Community School Board heard no objections for an early start date for the 2015-16 school year. Superintendent Ken Howard recommended to board members to start early if possible before August 19 but to coordinate with college classes starting the week of August 25. The board also met with Paul Skartvedt of the South Hamilton Foundation on the landscape project. Foundation officials requested that the district become a partner in the project and possibly afford Physical Plant Equipment Levy(PPEL) funds so that the project can become a reality. The South Hamilton board voted to approve up to $17,000 in PPEL expenditures in support of the landscape and fundraising project this year.

There was a presentation by Mark Thiessen of Angelo Architectural Associates on the facilities update project. There has been progress made in recent months on the improvements. The school board discussed the steps that the district should take as plans are developed and preparation occurs for possible funding and bonding avenues. Superintendent Howard will be contacting  Piper Jaffary representatives to explore financing scenarios prior to the February board meeting.

South Hamilton Building and Grounds director Curt Stoecker informed the board on the progress being made on projects including the middle/high school front of the building lighting, the superintendent's house and the research on the substantial increase in heating costs during the 2013-14 calendar year. The report showed a $30,000 increase in the costs of heating due to the spike in propane/heating fuel prices last year. This substantial escalation in costs was not anticipated during budget preparation last year. The spike caused an unforeseen blow to the school district's general fund.

In other matters, South Hamilton Superintendent Ken Howard informed the board about the preparations for the site visit this winter by the Iowa Department of Education. The district will be reviewing the potential of bringing back some programming that was reduced in past years but this process and any recommendations will hinge upon the budget findings in the coming months. A number of South Hamilton staff members spent one of the winter break days touring other facilities in order to garner ideas for the South Hamilton facilties vision. 

In personnel issues, the South Hamilton board accepted the early retirement  request of bus driver Roger Barkema at the end of the school year.The resignation of Cindy Holmes as head varsity volleyball coach was accepted. The board tabled action on the resignation request of assistant varsity volleyball coach Amy Klemp requestion more information on the resignation. A one year contract for Staci Winborn as elementary special education instructor was approved. The board also approved a contract for Harry McMaken as assistant varsity softball coach for this season.

Hamilton County Solid Waste Commission to look at pricing tires delivered to the county landfill.
Posted: Jan 14 2015 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Hamilton County Solid Waste Commission will at 7:00 Wednesday evening at the landfill station meeting room northwest of Kamrar. One of the agenda items is to set the prices for tires brought out to the landfill facility. There will also be the wage declaration for 2014. The commission will appoint a chairperson, vice-chairperson,secretary-treasurer and two representatives and two alternate representatives to the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency plus other matters that may come before the commission.

Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission review the five year Capital Improvement Plan for the city.
Posted: Jan 13 2015 by ppowers

 Members of the Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission spent Monday evening reviewing and approving the city's Capital Improvement Plan for 2015-16 through 2019-20. The plan covers numerous street,sidewalk and community projects. The commission approved City Manager Ed Sadler's recommendations and corrections made by Webster City Finance Director Dodie Wolfgram include moving the  Kendall Young Library Park Preliminary Trail Study from 2015-16 to 2018-19 and moving the Tuck Point Exterior project at the City Hall building from 2016-17 to 2015-16. Copies of the plan are expected to be posted on the Webster City city website in the next few weeks. 

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the Minor Subdivision Plat of Loring Addition go to Hamilton County. The plat is located in the city's two mile jurisdiction located northeast of Webster City. The property is owned by Elaine, Brian and Bryce Loring. Commission members voted to recommend that the Minor Subdivision Plat of JBS Addition in Hamilton County be approved. The property is also in the two mile jurisdiction and owned by the Barbara Sylvester Estate. It is being divided amongst the heirs. The property is located north of Webster City on 190th Street.

Steve Struchen was reappointed as  commission chairman, Bob Vermett as vice chairperson and Jim Kumm as secretary.

Hejlik welcomed as new Kendall Young Library Board member.
Posted: Jan 13 2015 by ppowers

Tami Hejlik was welcomed as the newest member of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees at its first meeting of 2015 Monday evening.Hejlik is succeeding Mike Hames who retired after five years of service to the board. A dinner in honor of Hames was held prior to the board meeting at Godfather's Pizza. The Kendall Young Library board was pleased to learn that $10,800 has been raised thanks in part to the 50 respondents in the first annual fund raising letter mailed out in late November. Library director Angie Martin Schwarze said 350 letters were mailed to individuals who have contributed to the library in the past. 

There was a review of the attendance at the library during December. 150 people attended Santa's Workshop held December 20. There were 188 middle and high school aged youth participating in the Teen Lounge last month. 274 people attended the 13 youth programs including Saturday morning movies and after school events. An estimated 62 people attended the program on the history behind old U.S. Highway 20 on December 4. 

The next scheduled meeting for the Kendall Young Library Board will be held Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Hamilton County Supervisors to meet Tuesday morning.
Posted: Jan 12 2015 by ppowers

 A meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors will be Tuesday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors board room. The board will receive the reports from the clerk of court and the quarterly report from the sheriff and veteran affairs departments. An appointment to the Veteran Affairs Commission will be made. The board will look at personnel action for the sheriff and treasurer departments.There will be discussion on an unpermitted confinement feeding operation plus other matters.

Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Jan 12 2015 by ppowers

 The Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Monday evening at 7:00 in the city hall council chambers. There will be an election of a commission chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary. There will also be a review of the attendance records of the Planning and Zoning Commission for 2014.The commission will review the city's Capital Improvement Plan for 2015-16 through 2019-20 plus consider approving the Loring and JBS Additions to Hamilton County plus other matters.

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