by Steve Peterson
As 2012 draws to a close Hawarden Mayor Ric Porter described what he feels are priorities for the city in the new year of 2013.
“We have two big projects that will be happening, the continuation of the Electric Project and the Central Avenue Street Project (from 10th to 16th Streets),” said Porter. “These will be great projects for the community but they will take some patience from the citizens. As we did with West 10th Street Project, we will work closely with those that live along Central Avenue to keep them informed of timing with the project.”
“We continue to work to fill the empty downtown buildings,” he said, “and it is my hope that we will get some of them filled in 2013. We have some incentives in place to assist in getting those filled.”
“I hope that citizens have better participation in the recycling program,” said Porter. “We need as a community to increase our usage in recycling, and I hope the people understand how easy it is to recycle much of our waste.”
Mayor’s holiday message
“This past year we as a community have celebrated our 125th year. There were many great activities held throughout the year. There were many people that were involved as members of the Hawarden 125th Celebration Committee or who volunteered for a specific activity. Our thanks go out to those who worked so hard to make everything very nice.
“Throughout the year many people volunteer their time and talents in their church, through the school, Chamber of Commerce committees, or on boards for our city. We always appreciate people who are willing to help in many different ways.
“As the year ends, many of you may be thinking about monetary donations to end the year. There are many good options to keep your donations local such as the Hawarden Community Fund, the Hawarden Regional Healthcare Foundation, the local schools, churches or the food bank.
“Our thanks to our dedicated staff here at the City of Hawarden. Our staff works very hard at making our community better and serving our citizens a very high level of service.
“Also my thanks to the members of our city council as each of you are very committed to your position on the council,” said Porter in his mayor’s remarks at the Dec. 12 councilors’ meeting.
Current Hawarden councilors are Monte Harvey, Larry Bauder, Patty Anderson, Travis Olson and Tim Kurth.