Trees, staffing studied

STANHOPE – The Stanhope City Council discussed tree trimming in the city, heard an update on the Iowa DNR grant application for park playground equipment rehab, and approved a bid from Fort Dodge Asphalt for street repairs around town when it met in regular monthly session this week.

Also on the brief agenda was staffing for the city office. City Clerk Ron McKenzie plans to retire from full-time service on June 30, 2014. Council members considered options but took no action on Monday.

The agreement between the Iowa D.O.T. and the city of Stanhope is in place for completion of ADA compliant sidewalk curb rehabilitation at 18 locations, and for the overlay of Iowa Highway 17 through Stanhope.

Tree trimming is needed around city-owned power lines. City maintenance director Tad Stupp will secure additional bids for the project.

Also, the council voted to change the City Council meeting night back to the second Tuesday of each month, instead of the second Monday. Meeting time will stay at 6 p.m. The next regular meeting is also switched to Sept.10 due to the annual meeting of the Cooperative Telephone Exchange.