By Steve Peterson
Hawarden Mayor Ric Porter encouraged all to assist the Cervantes family of Ireton who lost their home to a fire on Dec. 8.
“You can drop off donations at Ireton State Bank and clothing at Ireton City Offices,” said Porter in his mayor’s report at the Dec. 11 Hawarden counilors’ meeting.
Regarding the winter weather, Porter said people should take care so that children are bundled up and their pets have plenty of food and water.
Also use caution when driving, especially around school zones, he said.
Ireton City Clerk Deb Korleski said the Juan and Patricia Cervantes family took some of the early donations to their temporary home Dec. 10.
“I wish to thank the many people who give their time and talents to make Hawarden a great place to live,” said Porter. “Please consider making monetary contributions to many good causes in Hawarden.”
Hawarden city employees will be honored with the annual Christmas party Dec. 19. City Offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the celebration.
“I hope everyone has a very blessed time of year,” said Porter.
Public Works Director Tom Kane encouraged people to participate in the energy efficiency rebates through Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
“One person had a $700 rebate on a $1,000 insulation installation. The work has to be pre-approved and done by a contractor and is for natural gas customers, said Kane.
People can call City Offices, 551-2565, for more information.”
Carbon Monoxide Testing
In another matter, Kane said that the Public Works Department can come and check people’s concerns regarding carbon monoxide if residents believe there is an odor.”
Carbon monoxide detectors make great Christmas presents, said Kane.
Winners in the Nov. 5 councilors’ and hospital Board of Trustees’ elections were sworn into office by the reading of their Oaths of Office.
Councilors reelected to four-year terms are Monte Harvey, Tim Kurth and Joel Fluit. Dennis Hulshof and Stan Hoekstra were reelected to Hawarden Regional Healthcare Board of Trustees.
The 2014-2015 budget discussions schedule, which starts Jan. 8, was presented. The Utility Funds budget will be presented that night, with follow-up on Jan. 22.
February budget workshop meetings are Feb. 12 and 26 and March 12.
The budget is due to Sioux County Auditor’s office by March 15.
“We will be talking about the city’s rates and fees Jan. 22. We may not change any but it is good to talk about them once a year,” said City Administrator Gary Tucker.
“Things are looking good financially. I’m fairly optimistic that the budget process will be fairly painless,” said Tucker.
Tucker presented a PowerPoint presentation on the city’s 2013 accomplishments to councilors.
These included the Central Avenue improvement work; various home rehabilitation projects; the demolition of Soo Motel; the new look of the city’s entrance signs; the Freedom Rock at Central Park; the replacement of overhead electrical lines with underground lines; improvements to the Big Sioux Recreation Area which is managed by Sioux County Conservation; the new digital sign at Central Avenue and 10th Street; and new traffic controls at Iowa Highway 12 and Central Avenue. The Power Point is available for public viewing at www.cityofhawarden.com.
Porter said it was good to see what projects looked like in the past to appreciate the work done.
On the consent agenda, councilors voted 5-0 to approve a request from Shannon Nohava of Pro Sport Bistro for a renewal of a Class C Liquor License for on-premise sale of liquor, beer and wine with catering privileges and living quarters.
A closed session was held for discussion of strategy for upcoming negotiations with organized city workers.
Hawarden councilors meet the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Hawarden City Offices. Jan. 8, 2014 is the next meeting. Meetings are open to the public.