Longtime Stanhope City Clerk Ron McKenize announced to the members of the Stanhope City Council this week he will be retiring from his job effective at the end of June next year. The council thanked McKenzie for his years of service to the community. The council will begin the search to find his replacement in the next few months.
The council also was updated on the contract by and between the City of Stanhope and Stanhope Municipal Utilities and with Heartland Consumers Power District of Madison,South Dakota for the purpose of purchasing wholesale electricity commencing January 1,2014 for a ten year period through December 31,2023. The agreement has now been reviewed by the City's Attorney and has been sent to Heartland Consumers Power District for change and approval. The final approval of the contract will be by the Stanhope City Council in September.
A bid from Fort Dodge Asphalt was approved for various street repairs around the community of Stanhope. There was also a discussion on the need for tree trimming around the city owned power lines. Tad Stapp will secure additional bids. It was also announced during the city council meeting in Stanhope that the city has now executed the agreement by and between the Iowa Department of Transportation and the city of Stanhope for completion of the Americans with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk curb rehabilitation at eighteen locations and the overaly of the Iowa Highway 17 through Stanhope.
Council members learned that there was no new information regarding the Iowa Department of Natural Resources grant application for the park playground equipment rehabilitation.
The next city council meeting in Stanhope will be held Tuesday,September 10 due to the Cooperative Telephone Exchange annual meeting. Council members directed the clerk to prepare a resolution changing the city council meeting night back to the second Tuesday of each month from the second Monday with the time staying at 6:00 p.m.