Council increases Westfield employees’ wages

Posted January 31, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

With changes in city employees, Westfield councilors make wage increases at their Jan. 21 meeting.

City Clerk Talia Evenson marked her first anniversary in her position in October 2018 but lack of a quorum in December prevented discussion about her wages.

Therefore, after a short discussion, Councilor Marcia Dewey made a motion to increase Evenson’s salary to $18 per hour retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year with a annual wage review. Councilor James Feauto seconded it, and the vote was unanimous, 4-0 with Councilor Chad Carlson absent.

City water/wastewater operators are now Westfield residents Marcia Dewey and Nathan Wolf. They will be responsible for the city’s daily water testing.

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    Care Center to study assisted living feasibility

    By Julie Ann Madden

    Akron councilors agreed to let Akron Care Center Board of Trustees use the Grain Train dollars.

    Care Center Administrator Alan Bruinsma made the request at the council’s Jan. 22 meeting.

    The Grain Train was a way farmers could donate to the new Care Center Building Project. Instead of donating cash, area farmers donated bushels of grain.

    Bruinsma told the council there were

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    Akron Chamber holds annual banquet

    By Julie Ann Madden

    A fantastic year.

    That is how Akron Area Chamber of Commerce President Jennie Roed described 2018 for Akron businesses at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet Saturday night at the Akron Golf Course.

    Highlights she noted:

    • Chamber members gave away $2,500 in Chamber Bucks — those dollars stay in Akron benefiting Akron Chamber-member businesses.

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    Variety store progresses

    On Monday, exterior signage was installed at the new Dollar General store site at 302 Hwy 12 N. in Akron.

    Mercy changes name

    Mercy Health Network, a leading health care system, will soon become MercyOne hospitals and clinics. The change is set to officially launch Feb. 1, unifying its statewide footprint by implementing a strategic brand initiative to connect the many points of care to better enable consumers to recognize and navigate its vast network of services.

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    Akron’s newest police officer began his duties Monday

    By Julie Ann Madden

    At 12:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, a second police officer began protecting and serving the Akron community.

    Andrew Hansen, of Sioux City, was sworn into office in a ceremony conducted by Akron Mayor Sharon Frerichs.

    The Sioux City native graduated from Sioux City North High School in 2005 and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves. He has earned

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    Akron Community Foundation receives $100,000 boost

    Mike Hohenstein, Advisory Board Chair of the Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is proud to announce a major gift of $100,000 to their endowment fund.

    “This is a wonderful gift to the Akron Community Foundation that will benefit the Akron community for years to come,” said Hohenstein, “Florence Peterson established the first seeds of giving through her estate to establish the Akron Community Foundation and it is additional gifts like this from Mary and John Lucken that will continue to

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    Reimbursement available for Child Development Home Providers

    The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a USDA Child Nutrition Program administered in Iowa by the Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services. CACFP provides meal reimbursement to child development home providers for serving nutritious meals to children enrolled in their child care home. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, meals served in child development homes are available to all enrolled participants for no separate meal charge. To participate in CACFP, contact Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. at 800-859-2025 for more information.

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    A-W’s third bond attempt fails

    By Julie Ann Madden

    On Dec. 11, Akron-Westfield School District’s special bond vote ended nearly 10 percent short of the 60 percent needed to pass.

    There were 807 ballots cast in this special election — 50.56 percent voted to approve the $6.99 million General Obligation Bond, and 49.44 percent voted against it.

    With this being the third bond attempt, school board members tried a new facility improvement plan with new election tactics.

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    Bank Holiday Hours

    Peoples Bank

    Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 closing at noon

    Christmas, Dec. 25 Closed

    New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 closing at 3 p.m.

    New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 Closed

    Security National Bank

    Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 closing at noon

    Christmas, Dec. 25 Closed

    New

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