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Work begins on Jewellsworth Trail
Posted: Jul 28 2016 by ppowers

 It was one month ago that ground was broken on the new Jewellsworth recreational trail linking the southern Hamilton County communities of Jewell and Ellsworth. On Thursday morning,Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers updated the board members on the progress thus far. The work on a bridge for the trail's drainage ditch is scheduled to be completed by Friday. Paving work on the bridge will begin soon. The goal is to have the trail completed by sometime in October. The trail is an abandoned rail line linking Jewell and Ellsworth.

The conservation board met with Scott Grummer of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources regarding the Little Wall Lake fisheries project. Grummer informed the board on what the trends he has seen at the lake. He suggested to director Lammers and the board on conducting a survey on fishing and boating opportunities for those who use Little Wall Lake. Grummer talked to the board about treatment of grass carp and aquatic vegetation in the lake.

In another matter, the conservation board reviewed quotes from Seamless Pro and Nisley Construction of Seymour on the roof replacement for the Little Wall Lake residence. The board would like to determine the future use of the residence before any decision is reached on approving a quote for the roof work.

Brock Cartwright and Wayne Schlotfeldt of Schlotfeldt Engineering presented information on the rendition and drawings for the new addition to the Briggs Woods Golf Course. The board did approve the plans for the addition Thursday morning. Schlotfeldt presented a contract to the conservation board to consider for the engineering and consulting work for the addition. A date of August 12 was set for a fund raising event at the Briggs Woods Golf Course addition.

There was a discussion on using Xenia Rural Water for the Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course. The water supply would be used for the golf course club house and eventually at the Briggs Woods campground and cabin facilities. There was no action taken with more discussion set for next month's meeting.

Williams City Council election set for Tuesday.
Posted: Jul 28 2016 by ppowers

 Voters in Williams will go to the polls this Tuesday,August 2 to select a candidate to fill a seat on the city council. The candidates are Elmer Elsberry and Ryan Lantz. The term is from August 9,2016 to December 31,2019. The polling station will be the Williams Public Library with the polls to be open from 12 noon until 8:00 p.m.

Music in the Park set for Thursday in Webster City.
Posted: Jul 28 2016 by ppowers

 Michael Hansen and the Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce will be presenting this summer's second night of Music in the Park with Open Mic and a Beatles Tribute Band called The Rhythms. On Thursday,July 28, individuals wishing to step up on stage to the mice to sing should talk to Michael Hansen at the park. The Music in the Park will be held in the First American Bank Plaza on the corner of Des Moines and Second Streets. Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal will be selling Tacos and Burritos through the evening. The street will be closed off and picnic tables will be set out beginning at 6:00 p.m.

S.A.L.T. meeting coming to Williams on August 4.
Posted: Jul 28 2016 by ppowers

 The next Hamilton County S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Lawmen Together) meeting will be held Thursday,August 4. The meeting will provide the rare opportunity to hear about the emergency Life Flight helicopted that has saved many lives. Amy Smith, a registered nurse from Unity Point Health will speak about the helicopter at 9:30 at the Williams Community Center. The helicopter will land for an up-close-and-personal viewing at 10:00 a.m. Coffee and treats will be served from 9:00 until 9:30 with free blood pressure checks at the same time compliments of Southfied Wellness Community. Upcoming local events from each Hamilton County community and announcements from law enforcement officials will follow the Life Flight program. All S.A.L.T. meetings are free of charge and open to the public. No reservations are required to attend. For additional information, contact Marilyn Middleton at Southfield Wellness Community at 832-3881.

Boone River Clean Up set for Saturday,August 6.
Posted: Jul 26 2016 by ppowers

 The annual Boone River Clean Up Day is set for Saturday,August 6 at Briggs Woods Park and Golf Course south of Webster City. Volunteers are needed to report to Shelter 1 at Briggs Woods Park at 7:00 a.m.Participants are asked to bring sunscreen,water, bug spray, shovel, gloves, hat, sunglasses and canoes. This year will mark the tenth annual clean up effort of this popular waterway used by canoeists,fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts from across the state. Since the first clean up in 2007,volunteers recovered 712 tires, six and a half tons of scrap metal and two and a half tons of trash. Over 22 miles of the Boone River have been cleaned up since the start of the project. A free t-shirt will be offered to the first 50 who have registered. This year's route will be from Riverside Park to Briggs Woods Park. A lunch will be provided. There will be a limited number of canoes available on a first come first serve basis. Participants can bring their own canoe. Children age 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.Parents must sign a waiver and medical information form for all youth under age 18.All volunteers must abide by Iowa DNR boating laws. No alcohol consumption will be allowed. If you want more information, please call either the Hamilton County Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in Webster City at 515-832-9597 or the Hamilton County Conservation Office at 515-832-9570.

Wtight County Supervisors set August 8 for public hearing on urban renewal area for Prestage Foods plant.
Posted: Jul 12 2016 by ppowers

 At their meeting on Monday, the Wright County Board of Supervisors set August 8 as the date for a public hearing on the designation of the Wright County Urban Renewal Area and on the Urban Renewal Area Plan and Project. The project involves the planned pork processing facility to be built by Prestage Foods,Incorporated to be located five miles south of Eagle Grove. 

The board also approved the 28-E agreement with the city of Dows for law enforcement services in the community beginning August 1,2016.

A group of residents from the Lake Cornelia area met with the supervisors on wild flowers in the ditch on the west side of Lake Cornelia. The supervisors recommended that the issues of wild flower and native grasses to be planted be presented to the Wright County Conservation Board at a future meeting. The area discussed was on O'Brien Avenue.

Hamilton County Conservation Board discuss cabin opening at Briggs Woods Park.
Posted: Jun 16 2016 by ppowers

 The date of July 1 is the scheduled opening day for the new Hickory Cabin at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. Hamilton County Conservation Director Brian Lammers informed the county conservation board Thursday afternoon that final there are some odds and ends that need to be finished up in the cabin. An open house for the Hickory Cabin attracted some 80 people on Tuesday evening as conservation staff gave tours of the building. 

The conservation board looked at capital equpment purchases for the 2017 fiscal year beginning in two weeks on July 1. There are plans to purchase a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck in the amount of $27,440 through state government bids with Karl Chevrolet of Ankeny. The new truck would replace a conservation patrol vehicle. Another item that is expected to be purchased is John Deere Pro Gator for $15,000. The board will take final action on the purchases next month.

Little Wall Lake residence roof quotes were tabled until a future meeting. There was also discussion on plans for the Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards to be held in Fort Dodge and Webster City September 15 to 17. 

The next scheduled meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board will be Thursday,July 28 at 9:30 a.m. at the Briggs Woods Park conservation office.

Jewell man charged with animal cruelty.
Posted: May 04 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department and Jewell Police took numerous calls on Tuesday afternoon on a report of  possible animal abuse regarding a Facebook video. Upon reviewing the video that was posted via Facebook,Hamilton County Deputy Ryan Rupiper observed a small Pitbull type puppy in immediate need of assistance. Additional law officers responded to the scene in Jewell. Contact was made with the owner of the puppy and voluntary entry was made to the residence. The puppy was immediately removed from the residence and transported to the Jewell Veterinary Clinic by law enforcement. The puppy's owner,22 year old Paul Gage Arndt of Jewell has pending charged for Animal Torture. As a result of the investigation, Arndt will also be charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Evidence was turned over to the Hamilton County Sheriff's office voluntarily. The case remains under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Hamilton County deputies were assisted by the Jewell Police Department and the Jewell Veterinary Clinic.

Man wanted in New Year's Day burglaries has been caught.
Posted: Mar 22 2016 by ppowers

 A West Des Moines man wanted in connection with two burglaries on New Year's Day has been arrested. 33 year old Matthew L. Moore was apprehended by Jasper County authorities. Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs said Moore was taken to the Hamilton County Jail in Webster City where he is scheduled to make an initial appearance on a charge of third degree burglary. Moore is accused of breaking into Rungo's Bar on the morning of January 1. Later that same morning, the Iron Sadddle Saloon in Dayton was also broken into. After his initial appearance in Hamilton County,Moore is scheduled to make an appearance before the Webster County Magistrate with a date and time to be set. 

Please attend Power Up YOUth tonight at WC High School during Conferences.
Posted: Mar 10 2016 by nstark

Power Up YOUth invites parents & caregivers to test their knowledge (during Parent Teacher Conferences today from 2pm - 7pm) about indicators that their teen might be using drugs. Staff from Asbury, Community & Family Resources and UDMO will be on hand in the Plan Room at the Webster City High School (down hall near auditorium). They will have a mock bedroom set up. Adults are asked to enter the room to identify items that suggest drug use. A list will be shared so that parents can see if they missed any indicators. Please attend this if possible as it may be interesting and shocking.

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