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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.

Webster City,South Hamilton School Board to meet Monday evening.
Posted: Jan 09 2015 by ppowers

 Two Hamilton County school boards will meet this Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.

The South Hamilton board will meet at the middle school high school board room in Jewell. Mark Thiessen of Angela Architectural Associates will present an overview of the facilities update project. There will be an overview of the South Hamilton Foundation Landscape Project and Fundraiser. The South Hamilton school board will consider a resolution to report the district's instructional time in hours, look at a start date waiver request resolution, and consider a request submitted for early retirement under the district's early retirement policy. There will be the appointment of two board members to serve as board representatives for the site visit interview session and personnel matters. Reports will be presented by principals Paul Hemphill and Scott Dryer and from superintendent Ken Howard.

The Webster City school board will meet at the administration building. The items on the agenda includes a review of an immunization policy, approve a fund raising request and bus bids, consider special education requests, plans for an informal board meeting and look at personnel matters including early retirement applications and resignations. The Webster City school board will also meet in closed session at the conclusion of Monday's meeting.

No change in Hamilton County Board of Health officers for 2015.
Posted: Jan 09 2015 by ppowers

 At their Thursday afternoon meeting, the Hamilton County Public Health board approved the list of officers for 2015. Duane Hendrickson will continue as board chairman, Eva Powers as vice chairwoman and Doug Bailey as secretary. The board went on to approve the submission of a McVee Grant for children's programs at Hamilton County Public Health. The board will find out at a future meeting on whether or not the grant will be accepted. An infection control policy was also approved by the board. The 2015-16 budget for the public health department was approved by the board with the budget to be submitted to the Hamilton County Supervisors for their final approval.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet January 15.
Posted: Jan 09 2015 by ppowers

 The January meeting of the Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will be Thursday,January 15 at the Fuller Hall Recreation Center conference room. The commission will review the results of a Project Explore Brainstorming session, plans for the Fuller Hall Health Fair on January 17 and discuss a joint meeting with the Hamilton County Conservation Board plus other matters. 

Kamrar man wins $100,000 in Iowa Lottery scratch game.
Posted: Jan 09 2015 by ppowers

 

A Hamilton County man has won a $100,000 lottery prize. Marcelino Motta of Kamrar claimed the fifth of 12 top prizes of $100,000 available in the Iowa Lottery's "$100,000 Mega Crossword" instant scratch game. Motta claimed his prize Monday at the Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.  He purchased his winning ticket at United Stop and Shop in Stratford. The $100,000 Mega Crossword is a $10 scratch game. Players win a prize by uncovering at least four complete words in one or both of the ticket's puzzles. Players can also win a prize by uncovering a "bonus word" in the playing area. If a player uncovers six complete "red" words, he or she wins $100,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.29.

Webster City Police investigating early morning break in at the Fareway store.
Posted: Jan 07 2015 by ppowers

 Webster City Police were dispatched to the Fareway Store at 942 Second Street early Wednesday morning. When officers arrived they observed that someone had gained entry into the store. A search of the Fareway store revealed that items has been taken from the store however the subjects who gained entry had fled the scene. Anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity around the Fareway store early Wednesday morning or anyone who may have information regarding the individual or individuals responsible for the incident is asked to contact the Webster City Police Department at 515-832-9166. People can submit tips anonymously by contacting Hamilton County Crimestoppers through any of the following ways. You can call the tip line at 1-800-873-8477. These phone lines have no recording devices.Text your tip to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), then type keyword "IA40" before you type your message.  Call the local tip line at 515-832-8473. These phone lines have no recording devices. Go to www.tipsubmit.com and complete the online form.

Enhance Hamilton County announcing informational meetings on grant awards for 2015.
Posted: Jan 06 2015 by ppowers

 The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation has announced they will be holding two informational meetings regarding their upcoming 2015 Enhance Hamilton County Grant Awards. The meetings will be held in Webster City and Ellsworth for nonprofits and other organizations located throughout Hamilton County that are looking for funding assistance to complete community betterment projects. The Webster City meeting will be held on January 13 at 6:30 pm at the Kendall Young Library and the meeting in Ellsworth will be held on January 15th at 7:00 pm at the Ellsworth Public Library. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the two meetings to gain information on the Foundation, the application process and timelines and to review the new application as well as have questions answered to assist them with providing complete and thorough information for grant award consideration. 

"The purpose of the Enhance Hamilton County Grants is to provide philanthropic support for community betterment projects throughout Hamilton County.” said Darcy Swon, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Development Director. “Since the Foundation was established in 2005, we have awarded over $725,000 to assist organizations with completion of worthwhile projects located throughout Hamilton County as identified through a community grants application process.” Swon stated that the area’s of emphasis include: Arts & Culture, Community Betterment, Education, Health & Human Services, Recreation & Environment and Youth Development.Organizations that are not a 501c3 or a governmental entity will need to partner with one to be considered for grant monies. Applications will be available for download from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation’s website (www.enhancehamiltoncounty.org) on January 15, 2015, with completed applications due by 5 pm on February 16, 2015. For more information on the 2015 Enhance Hamilton County Grant, contact Swon by calling 515-835-0437, via email at dswon@enhancehamiltoncounty.org or visit the Foundation’s website.The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation was established in 2005 to improve the quality of life throughout Hamilton County by promoting charitable giving and connecting donors with causes they care about.

 

Chizek named new City of Webster City attorney.
Posted: Jan 06 2015 by ppowers

 

Zach Chizek was appointed as Webster City City Attorney Monday afternoon for the next two years. Chizek will take over for Gary Groves who has served as city attorney for 29 years. Chizek is an attorney at Groves' law office. On January 19,the council will discuss the compensation for legal services for Chizek as he becomes the new city attorney. Other reappointments include Karyl Bonjour as city clerk and Ann Smith as deputy city clerk for the next two years. There were numerous other appointments to commissions and boards for the year by the council.

Without any objection during a public hearing,the Webster City city council approved the bid of  $904,589 from Heartland Asphalt of Mason City for this year's street improvement project.The work will focus on improvements to Nancy Lane, the 600 block of Cedar Street and the 400 block of Webster Street. Five bids for the improvement project were received. Work will begin sometime this spring.

The Webster City city council passed and adopted the ordinance for water system rates for the Vero Blue Farm facilities located at the former Beam Manufacturing building on West Second Street and the former Kenco warehouse on Des Moines Street. Beer and liquor licenses were approved for Seneca Street Saloon and Doc's Stop on Superior Street.

There was a closed session of the council to discuss the purchase of particular real estate with no action taken.

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