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W.C. Planning and Zoning Commission to consider a request from HER0
Posted: Oct 10 2014 by ppowers

 At their meeting this Monday evening, the Webster City Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a request from HERO (Help Entertain and Restore Organization) regarding the removal of a city street fixture near the Webster Theater building on Second Street. There will be the consideration of rezoning property on Des Moines Street from Light Industrial to Heavy Industrial. In other matters, the commission will consider allowing a use in the proposed Heavy Industrial district on Des Moines Street and for a similar Heavy Industrial district on West Second Street plus other matters. The commission meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. in the city council chambers.

South Hamilton School Board to present Hawk Pride award Monday.
Posted: Oct 10 2014 by ppowers

 This year's Hawk Pride-Friend of Education Award will be announced at Monday evening's meeting of the South Hamilton Community School Board in Jewell. There will be the election of board officers for this school year. A report from South Hamilton superintendent Ken Howard and principals Scott Dryer and Paul Hemphill will be presented. Other items for the board to discuss includes a technology purchase proposal, set meeting dates and time for 2014-15, consider board and superintendent operating principles, appoint a new member to serve on the South Hamilton School District Foundation member, and approve an agreement for driver's education instruction. Another board agenda item is the receiving of a preliminary enrollment  report for the school year. The South Hamilton board meeting begins at 6:00 at the middle school high school board room in Jewell.

Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission to meet October 16.
Posted: Oct 09 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Thursday,October 16 at 5:15 at the Fuller Hall Recreation Conference Center. The board will discuss the inclusion of students with the commission and set the next joint meeting with the Hamilton County Conservation Board. Plans for special events including Halloween activities, the Al Welsh Dance on November 8,the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot on November 27, and the Fuller Hall Health Fair on January 17. A discussion on youth basketball, adult basketball league and yoga sessions will be a part of the agenda.

Roland Story School Board to meet
Posted: Oct 09 2014 by ppowers

 The October meeting of the Roland Story Community School Board will be Monday evening at 6:30 at the high school board room in Story City. The board will consider policies on compulsory attendance, a tobacco/nicotine free environment and an employee early retirement incentive. There will be the consideration of membership into the Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Program for this year.A request for allowable growth for the 2014 fiscal year special education deficit will be reviewed. The 2015-16 school year calendar will be discussed by the board. In other matters the Roland Story school board will receive the latest certified enrollment figures, consider personnel matters and a report from superintendent Matt Patton.

No injuries in Wednesday afternoon accident in Webster City.
Posted: Oct 09 2014 by ppowers

 A two vehicle accident at First and Prospect Streets in Webster City late Wednesday afternoon was investigated by local police. Reportedly a southbound 1998 Dodge Intrepid driven by Latasha Huffman of Webster City was stopped at the stop sign when she proceeded into the intersection striking the left side of a westbound 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Lawrence Yates also of Webster City. Both drivers escaped injury in the accident. Damage to the Huffman car was estimated at 1000 dollars and an estimated 500 dollars in damage was done to the Yates pickup. Investigating officer Brandon Pritchard charged Latasha Huffman with Failure to Have a Valid Driver's License and Failure To Yield Upon Entering a Street.

Siepker announces retirement as St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary Principal.
Posted: Oct 09 2014 by ppowers

 At their meeting Wednesday evening,the St. Thomas Aquinas School Board learned of the resignation of principal Duane Siepker. The resignation will take effect at the end of the current school year. This was the second time Siepker has been principal at the parochial school. The first time was from 1997 to 2003. After he left Webster City, Siepker was principal at Seton Catholic School in Ottumwa, Sacred Heart School in Boone, and St. Cecelia's School in Ames. Siepker returned to St. Thomas Aquinas School in the fall of 2012. He has been involved in education for nearly 50 years as a teacher and administrator. The St. Thomas Aquinas School Board will be working with the Catholic Schools department of the Archdiocese of Dubuque to begin the work of finding Siepker's replacement in the coming weeks. It is hoped that a new principal will be hired in time for next school year.

Hamilton County Conservation sponsoring Autumn Night Hike
Posted: Oct 07 2014 by ppowers

 The Hamilton County Conservation Department invites the public to a Autumn Night Hike on Saturday,October 18 at Briggs Woods Park south of Webster City. "Iowa's Nocturnal Animals" is the theme of this family oriented event. A free meal will be served from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. sponsored by Boman Funeral Home. Visitors will learn what nocturnal animals roam around at night at Briggs Woods Park. There will be information on coyotes, raccoons, owls, bobcats and more. You are asked to park at the beach parking lot and walk the bike trail to shelter number 2 for the meal.The hike will start every ten minutes starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. A maximum of 30 people per group is permitted. Participants are asked to dress appropriately for the weather. All ages are welcome. Those planning to participate are asked to call the Hamilton County Conservation Office at 832-9570.

Arts R Alive Sculpture tour set for Sunday afternoon.
Posted: Oct 07 2014 by ppowers

 Arts R Alive Sculpture tour will be held on October 12, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.  The tour will begin  at 1:45 PM at the West Twin Park Shelter where students from the Webster City High School Art Club and Arts R Alive members will be handing out maps.  Speakers and artists who will be at the various sculpture locations include Tim and Sherry Adams, Jim Bergkamp, Will Groves, Nancy Kayser and Maureen Seamonds.  After the tour visitors are encouraged to stop back at the Shelter for Hot Cider and Cinnamon Donuts.  The tour is sponsored by the Take Pride in Webster City Arts R Alive committee.  For more information please call 515-832-4547.  Rain date is October 19.

Webster City City Council looks at plans for ash tree removal and electrical line trimming contract.
Posted: Oct 07 2014 by ppowers

 The Webster City City Council Monday afternoon discussed the plans for the removal of ash trees in the city due to the reports of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle found in Boone and Story counties. Webster City City Manager Ed Sadler said the current contract does have some special considerations to address including three areas in the city with varying number of ash trees.Graceland Cemetery has approximately 75 trees that will need to be removed. The city staff proposes to accomplish this by only removing 20 trees this first year and each successive year until complete. This includes a plan to replace 12 of these 20 with transplants, container plants and or seedlings as determined by the Cemetery Maintenance Staff. Wilson Brewer Park has 6 ash trees that would need to be removed with further plans to replace half of those removed with transplants or container plants at least 3/4 inches in diameter or greater. Wehrheim Park only has 5 young trees that would need to be removed as part of the contract.  The council has previously awarded tree trimming contracts as an outgoing process that they have bid every year for electrical line clearing. In the past the city has just removed Ash trees that were in the way of electrical lines. It is the expansion to remove all Ash trees in the right of way that is different  than in the past.  The funding for the removal project will come for the city's electric funds. Webster City City Council members voted to send out requests for pricing for tree trimming and Ash tree removal. The proposals are due by October 14 at 5:00 p.m.and reviewed at the October 20th council meeting.

Wright County Supervisors to meet Monday morning.
Posted: Oct 03 2014 by ppowers

 The next meeting of the Wright County Board of Supervisors will be Monday morning at 9:00 in the supervisors room of the county courthouse in Clarion. There will be a discussion on funding the shower and restroom facility at Lake Cornelia Park. The appointment of Jeremy Dodge as a Wright County Sheriff's Deputy will be made. A contract with the Iowa Department of Transportation to work within the Drainage District 36 right of way on Highway 3 will be approved. There will be a public hearing on the annexation of additional lands into drainage district 39 will be held at 10:00 a.m.

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