Short night for City Council

The City Council of Webster City dispatched the few items on its agenda in short order Monday night, but took some time to meet new Webster City Chamber of Commerce Director Deb Brown.

Brown, who was wrapping up her first day on the job, told the council members she was happy to be working in Webster City.

Originally from Geneva, Iowa, Brown told the council she had lived about 30 years in Chicago. She returned to Iowa to care for her parents and served four years in Hampton at the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce as the communications director.

“I’m a fan of working committees; I’m a fan of buying local. I’m a huge supporter of businesses and where I live is where I shop,” she said.

Brown said she hoped she could bring some energy and support for Webster City and the area to the chamber.

“Of course, we’re going to increase the size of the chamber,” she said. “We’re going to do our best to fill the stores downtown and around town. And we want to have some fun and raise some money.”

The City Council also heard from Police Chief Brian Hughes who requested the council members approve a memo of understanding between the Central Iowa RSVP North on Operation Smile Program.

Hughes said the memo will allow the Police Department to work with RSVP which will collect donated stuffed animals and beanie babies. The toys are given to children encountered by the officers when they investigate incidents that might be upsetting to children.

“Perhaps it’s a domestic incident or car accidents, and the child is witnessing some of these traumatic situations,” he said. “It always helps when you can go to your car and give that to a little tyke. It has a calming effect. It takes the sting out of whatever is unpleasant at that time.”

He added that the Noon Kiwanis Club also donates stuffed animals for the program.

The council approved the memo of understanding with RSVP.

Councilwoman Linda Conaway announced that the Senior Citizens Club would host a special fund raising event on March 17. A pancake meal will be served at the Senior Center, 749 Second St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The public is invited and funds will be used to help keep the center in operation.

Conaway said she is serving on a committee with Dick Lubbers and Myra Maxon to help senior citizens group find ways to raise funds for the center.