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No injuries in late afternoon accident investigated by Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies..
Posted: Jan 15 2016 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department investigated an accident late Thursday afternoon at Webster and Des Moines Streets. Reportedly an eastbound 2005 Nissan Altima driven by Christopher Anderson of Webster City failed to stop at the stop sign when his car struck the left rear wheel of a northbound 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Philip Queen of Webster City. The Tahoe is owned by the Webster City Police Department. There were no injuries in the accident. Damage to the Anderson car was estimated at $2000 with an estimated $200 in damage to the police vehicle driven by Queen. Investigating deputy Bill Derrig charged Christopher Anderson with Failure to Obey a Stop Sign.

Former President Clinton,Gov. Christie to visit Fort Dodge Saturday.
Posted: Jan 15 2016 by ppowers

 Fort Dodge will be a busy place Saturday as the city welcomes a former president and a governor as the Iowa Caucuses are over two weeks away. Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning on behalf of his wife and Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton Saturday afternoon from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m at the Fort Museum Opera House. New Jersey Governor and one of the Republican presidential hopefuls Chris Christie will be at Old Boston in downtown Fort Dodge will appear at 3:30 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

Big Ideas Math meeting set for Thursday in Webster City.
Posted: Jan 15 2016 by ppowers

 The Webster City Community Schools invites all parents of 7 through 12 grade students to a meeting Thursday,January 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Webster City Middle School Commons concerning the Big Ideas Math curriculum. The math consultant will present information and resources about Big Ideas to help parents and students understand the new math curriculum. The Big Ideas Math program is a research based curriculum providing a rigorous ,focused and content curriculum for middle and high school students. Ron Larson and Laurie Boswell utilized their expertise as well as the body of knowledge collected by addition expert mathematicians and researchers to develop each course. The Big Ideas Math program follows a balanced instructional approach. The program balances conceptual understanding with procedural fluence as research shows that students benefit from equal exposure to discovery learning and direct instruction.

Webster City City Council returns to the Municipal Building for their next meeting on Monday.
Posted: Jan 14 2016 by ppowers

 After an absence since last October,the Webster City City Council returns to the council chambers for their first meeting since the north wall to the Municipal Building was damaged by a pickup truck. Since then the council has been meeting at the Sampson Room of the Fuller Hall Recreation Center.The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Fair Housing Board meeting. There will be the election of a chairperson and vice chairperson plus other matters.The council will meet at 5:35 ...p.m. The agenda includes a presentation by Jeff Peters of Williams and Company,P.C. on the 2014/15 city audit. The second reading of a proposed ordinance on the vacating of an alley in the West New Castle Addition. A resolution setting February 1 at 5:50 p.m. for a public hearing on the city of Webster City's interest in property by releasing an easement located in Red Bull Subdivision. A resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to enter into a contract extension agreement with Robb's Tree and Stump Service of Story City providing for the extension of the Tree Stump Removal Services Agreement to December 31,2016 will be considered. A similar agreement with Robb's Tree and Stump Service of Story City providing for tree trimming and removal services for the East Second Street Utility Relocation will be looked at by the council plus other matters.

Kendall Young Library Board approves budget and security camera installation.
Posted: Jan 14 2016 by ppowers

 On Tuesday night, the Kendall Young Library board of trustees approved its budget for the 2016 fiscal year. Director Angie Martin Schwarze said the library staff will receive a two percent increase in their salaries effective this month. The board was updated on the installation of the new security camera system. Sixteen cameras will be installed this month throughout the entire library and in the parking lot area. 

Director Martin Schwarze said that $13,000 has been raised in the annual Kendall Young Library appeal. Donations are still being accepted. You can make your donations to the library at 1201 Willson Avenue or on the library website. The money raised will be used for the purchase of new books and materials, services and programs. There is a new full time circulation supervisor at Kendall Young Library. Greta Oberender began her job this month. The library is searching for a new part time position in the circulation department. Last month's Santa's Workshop at the library was attended by 150 children and adults plus a teen Christmas party was well attended. Tuesday's meeting of the library board was the first one for Steve Vande Zande as a new board member. Vande Zande takes over the seat from Dr. Kelly Shey. The next meeting of the library board will be Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Stratford City Council meets for the first time in 2016.
Posted: Jan 13 2016 by ppowers

 The Stratford City Council met for the first time in 2016 this week.The council meeting was the first one for newly elected council members Randy Baker and Doug Timmons. The council made several appointments at Monday's meeting. Doug Timmons was appointed as mayor pro tem this year. Rachel Cahill was appointed to serve on the Hamilton Hometowns and the Iowa Agency for Municipal Wind.Larry Runyan was appointed as a board member with Chase Haman as alternate to the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency. Mark Scott was named a board member with Randy Baker as alternate to the Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority. The Stratford Tree Board Committee members appointed were Catherine Bergman, Darrell Young, Suzanne Carlson, Julie Ehresmann and Janet Galloway. The 2017 fire department and library budgets were tabled until next month's council meeting.Action on the Commercial Street Improvement Project and the funding  options available were delayed until the February council session.

In other matters, the Stratford city council set February 8 for a public hearing on the 2017 budget and capital improvment plan for the city. A goal setting session with Jeff Schott of the University of Iowa Institute of Public Affairs will be helld for next month's council meeting.

Roland Story Community School Board looks at safety issues.
Posted: Jan 13 2016 by ppowers

 This week the Roland Story Community School Board met with middle school principal John Sheahan on its campus safety report.  Mary Kay Solberg and Jill Wright serve on the school safety committee as they provided insight on different safety recommendations. The report focused on how school staff and students can respond in times of severe weather, natural disaster and other incidents. The board approved the recommendations as presented. Two proposals for lawn requests were presented. One proposal would cover the annual turf maintenance at each building and athletic facility. The second would cover mowing at the football track complex. Both proposals were approved by the Roland Story school board.

A quote from Seating and Athletic Facility Enterprises for $74,410 was approved in replacing the bleachers in the softball complex this spring. A quote for $9,000 from the Baker Group was approved to replace the Variable Frequency Drive on the furnace for the north gym at the high school was approved. Roger Parker is the owner of the vintage 1970 scoreboard. A bid from Parker amounting to $210 was approved by board members. The audit report by Nolte, Cornman and Johnson, P.C. was also approved. A resignation from Family Consumer Science Teacher,and Junior Class sponsor Lauren Shorkey was approved. Contracts were approved for Chris Hill as head baseball coach, Colton Calvert as assistant and Junior Varsity baseball coach, Jacob Sheahan as 9th grade baseball coach, Kathy Hovick as 8th grade baseball coach and Zach Hovick as 7th grade baseball coach. The softballl coaching positions approved include Amber Doyle as varsity coach, Dennis Nuetzman as assistant and J.V. coach, Amy Adams as 9th grade coach, Erin Handsaker as 8th grade coach and Rachel Hagedorn as 7th grade coach. The volunteer softball coach contract for Katie Sandquist was approved by the Roland Story school board.

Capital Improvement Plan reviewed by Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission.
Posted: Jan 13 2016 by ppowers

 At a meeting on Monday, the Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission devoted much of their meeting a review of the city's Capital Improvement Plan for 2016-17 to 2020-21. Webster City City Manager Ed Sadler led the discussion on the numerous projects coming to Webster City during the five year period.The projects include road and street projects, park improvements,renovation work to the municipal building and more. The commission voted to approve the recommendations in the plan. The plan will be forwarded to the city council for review and approval. Steve Struchen was named chairperson to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Bob Vermett was named Vice Chairperson and Jim Kumm named as secretary for 2016

Wastewater Discharge occurs in Blairsburg.
Posted: Jan 13 2016 by ppowers

 The city of Blairsburg lost all pumping capability at the lift station at mid afternoon on Monday. After contacting the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the city installed a temporary pump to route untreated wastewater to a nearby farm field,trying to avoid a discharge to a small tributary of the South Skunk River. The DNR staff discovered Tuesday morning that some wastewater reached a tile line intake near the field, allowing an unknown amount of wastewater to reach the tributary. The DNR specialists estimate about five gallons per minute entered the tile intake but they are unsure when that started. Water samples will be sent for laboratory analysis to determine the extent of pollution. DNR specialists did not find any dead fish or visible signs of contamination half a mile downstream The DNR will continue to monitor the incident.

County accident information....
Posted: Jan 12 2016 by ppowers

 Details of a one car accident near Williams at about 4:50 Sunday morning were released Tuesday morning by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Reportedly a 2015 Chevrolet Impala driven by  Brandon Toftee of Webster City failed to negotiate the curve on Vail Avenue. The Toftee car lost control on the ice covered roadway landing on its top. The car was totaled as a result. There were no injuries reported. Investigating deputy Alex Pruismann charged Brandon Toftee with Failure to Maintain Control and Expired Registration.

An accident early last Friday morning on Highway 20 also was investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department. Reportedly a westbound 2006 Ford Truck driven by Tony Halsrud of Duncombe crossed the center line when he suddenly fell asleep at the wheel when his truck sideswiped a westbound 2011 Dodge Ram pickup and trailer driven by Thomas A. Heineman of Muskego, Wisconsin. There were no injuries in the accident. Damage to the Heineman truck was estimated at $8000 and an estimated $3000 in dmaage to the Halsrud truck was estimated at $5000.  Investigating deputy Ryan Rupiper charged Tony Halstad was charged with Failure to Maintain Control.

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