• Hamilton County Conservation Board to seek architectural proposals for Briggs Woods Golf Course Event Center.
Discussion on the Briggs Woods Golf Course Events Center was the primary topic of Thursday's meeting of the Hamilton County Conservation Board held at Briggs Woods Park. Director Brian Lammers said the main issue is seeking requests for proposals for the architectural and design work. A meeting was held last week with the Hamilton County Supervisors for a request for proposals for the project. The Hamilton County Conservation Department will be sending out requests to architectural firms around the state. A special conservation board meeting is tentatively set for October 17 to determine and review the requests for the events center. A total of $500,000 has been raised thus far for the construction and design of the center.
The conservation board approved a marketing agreement with Prairie Rivers R C and D for a two year period for the promotion of the park areas and log cabins.
No date has been set for the official opening of the Jewellsworth recreational trail as the work continues on Highway 175 and along Tollman Avenue this week. The board tabled action on the Little Wall Lake residence and shower house and for the positions of a park officer.
There was discussion on the 2017 budget amendment. There are plans to purchase a new mower for the Briggs Woods Golf Course,new kayaks and replacing the dock at Little Wall Lake park.
The recent Iowa County Conservation Board state convention was a success. Over 225 people from state county conservation boards attended the three day event held September 15 to 17.Those attending the convention toured the park and recreation areas in both Hamilton and Webster counties.The stops included Briggs Woods, Little Wall Lake and Bells Mill parks and the Bauer Sloo. Director Brian Lammers thanked the board and conservation staff for their time and effort during the three day convention.
Due to the high water on the Boone River that is beginning to recede,the Bells Mill Park is expected to reopen on Friday. There will be a few camp sites to be closed but the rest of the park will be open.
• Webster City City Council to meet Monday evening.
A meeting of the Webster City City Council is set for Monday afternoon at 5:30 in the city council chambers. The agenda will include a discussion on the creation of a Youth Advisory Committee as a City Committee. A motion accepting the easement from Van Diest Family,LLC for a public water main will be considered. The council will consider a request from interim city manager and public grounds director Kent Harfst to seek bids for a 72 inch tractor mower with aerator for the public grounds department. In another matter, the council will consider a request from the city's engineering tech and project coordinator to seek proposals for tree trimming and removal services. There will be discussion on entering into an agreement for professional and engineering services with Bolton and Menk of Ames in connection with the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Three public hearings will be on the Webster City city council agenda. The first hearing at 5:45 is for the urban renewal plan amendment for 2016 Industrial Urban Renewal Area. The second hearing at 5:50 is to enter into a ten year Wastewater Services Agreement between the city of Webster City and Iowa's First, Incorporated doing business as Vero Blue Farms in connection with the company's use as a customer of the city's sewage system. The third hearing at 5:55 is to enter into a five year Records Management Software Lease with Computer Information Systems for the Webster City Police Department. The council meeting will be telecast live on cable channel 12 with repeat telecasts Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00.
• Wintermote, Rueger crowned South Hamilton Homecoming Queen and King Thursday night.
It was night of royalty at South Hamilton High School in Jewell Thursday evening as this year's Homecoming queen and king was announced in a ceremony held at the school gymnasium in Jewell. Ady Wintermote and Gabe Rueger were crowned as queen and king in the ceremony. The other queen contestants were Katie Austin, Stephanie Greenfield, Alissa Moss and Preston Wicks. The king candidates included Blake Barquist, Collin Hill, Luke Peters and Treyton Twedt. Friday's South Hamilton Homecoming festivities includes the first ever Homecoming parade set for 2:00 through the Jewell business district and the football game between the South Hamilton Hawks and Madrid Tigers set for 7:00 p.m. You can hear the game on KQWC FM 95.7 and streaming live on kqradio.com. The South Hamilton Homecoming concludes Saturday evening with a dance for the middle school students from 7 until 9 and for the high school students from 10 until 12 midnight in the school gym.
• More donations needed for Coats for Kids.
• Cruise to the Woods return Sunday