By Steve Peterson
Hawarden councilors were split over whether or not to change their current meeting dates, which is the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Councilor Tim Kurth suggested using technology and going to just one meeting a month at the Feb. 27 meeting. No action was taken at the March 13 meeting.
“I would prefer twice-a-month because it gives the public more access to us,” said Mayor Ric Porter.
“I’m in favor of keeping it the way it is,” said Councilor Larry Bauder.
According to a list from Iowa League of Cities, for populations of 1,500 to 4,000, 78 municipalities meet twice-a-month and 30 meet once-a-month.
In other business:
• Councilors voted 3-1 to appoint Joel Fluit as the new council member. Councilor Monte Harvey dissented.
He succeeds former Councilor Patty Anderson.
A total of six candidates expressed interest in the open councilor’s seat, said Administrator Gary Tucker.
Fluit served as co-chairman of the city’s Quasquicentennial celebration last year with his wife, Sandy. Fluit will take his oath of office March 27 for his term which will expire Dec. 31.
Three councilors’ terms will be up in the fall election, pointed out Mayor Ric Porter. The municipal election is Nov. 5. Filing dates are Aug. 26 to Sept. 19.
• Approval was granted for a contract and performance/payment bonds for the 2013 Central Avenue Improvement Project to Steven Harris Construction of Homer, Neb. The vote was 4-0.
Further street projects were discussed.
“I think the funds should go for extension of Avenue H from 11th to 12th Streets to allow better access to the Community Center,” said Bauder.
Other councilors agreed but no action was taken.
Harris Construction also won the county’s bid for repaving of 460th Street off Iowa Highway 12, south of Hawarden. That work will also be done this summer as well as the concrete overlay work on Central Avenue from 10th to 16th Streets.
• Approved city fiscal sponsorship for the following which are applying for grants: Senior Center, Hawarden Chamber of Commerce and Community Supper. Votes were all unanimous.
• Approved a cigarette permit for Sunshine Foods, which will be the new owner of Fiesta Foods as of April 2, through June 30. Also a request from Sunshine Foods for a new liquor license for off-premise sales of beer and wine with Sunday sales was approved by a unanimous councilors’ vote.
• Approved a request from Hawarden Golf Course Inc. for a liquor license transfer to Hawarden Community Center March 19.
• Public Works Director Tom Kane reminded residents there will be a Household Hazardous Waste Day cleanup on April 19. Also a city-wide spring cleanup will be held May 3, 4 and 5.
• Chatsworth city officials sent “goodies” to the Hawarden March 13 meeting as a way of saying “thank-you” for the recent delivery of a public works truck and help with the budget.
• Bids for the second part of the first phase of the city’s electric project were opened March 14. A contract for the labor portion is expected at the March 27 councilors’ meeting. Tucker said there has been good interest expressed so far.
• Hawarden councilors meet the second and fourth Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Hawarden City Offices. The next meeting is March 27. Meetings are open to the public.