Stanhope plans city-wide cleanup day

STANHOPE – At its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Stanhope City Council looked at scheduling the annual city-wide spring clean-up day, approved a power adjustment, and heard a report on improvements to Iowa Highway 17.

The clean-up day is tentatively scheduled for May 10. Confirmation is still needed from The Trash Man, with other details still to be firmed up.

According to Mayor Harold Hove, work has started on improvements to Iowa Highway 17, as scheduled. New blacktop will be applied to the road surface and shoulders from one mile south of Stanhope to Webster City, with the exception of two miles of the highway which is still in good repair.

In other agenda items, the council discussed charges for use of the community building, park shelter, and community center. The issue is which groups should be charged a rental fee for use of the facilities. Plans are to put the matter on the agenda for the May city council meeting. Use of the park food stand and/or the community building by Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op, subject to payment of rental fees in effect, was approved. Plans are to put the matter on the agenda for the May city council meeting.

Also approved was a small electric power cost adjustment of one-half cent per KW for the billing period of March 20-april 20, 2014.

Also on Monday, the council:

Approved an agreement with Kyle and Craig Johnson to have sheep at the town’s waste stabilization lagoons. The Johnsons agree to maintain the area at the lagoons in return for the sheep grazing there starting May 1 through October 30.

Heard a report from Fire Chief Mike Hanson on fire vehicle maintenance issues and possible changes in territory served within Webster Township. In a related matter, the council approved to submit a bid for a 1995 Freightliner Tel-Elect truck to the city of Strawberry Point.

Was informed of a meeting of WHEN (Wright Hamilton Entrepreneurial Network) scheduled for April 17 at the community center.

A search committee is working to fill the positions of public works superintendent and city clerk. The council ended the meeting with a closed session to discuss with the search committee hiring for the position of public works superintendent. personnel issues.