Akron firefighters battle structure fire

Posted April 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm

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At about 4:30 p.m. on a windy Wednesday, March 22, Akron firefighters were called to the Dennis and Diane Smith farm at 18387 K-13 in rural Akron. A 20-year-old large machine shed was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, said Akron Fire Chief Shane Coyle. The machine shed and its contents were a total loss. The cause was a nearby burn barrel. Firefighters were on the scene more than five hours and were assisted by the Hawarden Fire Department. (Above) Firefighters also dealt with burning round hay bales and several bales were moved away from the fire.

Westfield Council discusses closing ball fields

By Julie Ann Madden

At their March 21 meeting, Westfield Mayor Mike Tadlock proposed several ideas.

First, Tadlock asked the council to consider closing the city’s ball fields due to annual maintenance costs of about $3,000 and no revenue sources. Field maintenance expenses include mowing, dragging the fields and port-a-pot rental.

Currently, the Akron-Westfield T-ball teams practice and play games on these fields.

Tadlock suggested the fields could be turned into a hay field or be used as a campground.

No decision was made as councilors wanted to gather more information.

Second, Tadlock is still working with City Clerk Angela Sorensen to get the sewer lines photographed and mapped. The city has roughly 5,000 feet of sewer lines.

Tadlock will continue working on this project.

Third, it was proposed to have a burning ban ordinance so there would be no burning within the Westfield city limits.

Currently, the town has no ordinance regarding burning.

Sorensen will bring information back to the councilors at their next meeting, which is at 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 25.

Fourth, the council was informed that Municipal Utilities Operator Terry Jolin had resigned.

Sorensen will begin advertising for applicants to fill the vacancy, which also includes general municipal maintenance.

In the meantime, city officials are performing the daily water quality tests and other utility checks under the guidance of Westfield’s new certified Water/Wastewater Superintendent Bill Morgan.

Councilors Marcia Dewey, Don Dion, Jenny Hartman-Mendoza and Beth Terpstra were present. Councilor James Feauto was absent.

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