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Mayor sets day to honor Jean McMurray

Gray: Plant a tree in her honor

September 10, 2009
rBy ANNE BLANKENSHIP Daily Freeman-Journal Managing Edito

Sept. 19 has been officially proclaimed as Jean McMurray Day in Webster City, following an announcement by Mayor Gene Gray at this week's Webster City city council meeting.

McMurray, who will celebrate her 95th birthday on Sept. 19, is a lifelong resident of the community. She graduated from Webster City High School, Webster City Junior College and the University of Iowa, according to the proclamation.

"Jean McMurray has tirelessly served her community by serving on the Hospital Board, the PRIDE Committee, the Visioning Committee, Youth and Family Services Board, Hamilton County Mental Health Association, Hamilton County League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women," Gray said in the proclamation.

Gray noted that as McMurray was a nature lover, he encouraged all Webster City citizens to plant a tree or a flower in her honor on that day.

McMurray and her husband John have five children. Their daughter Carolyn accepted a framed copy of the proclamation on behalf of her mother.

"She will be so pleased and very honored," she told the council.

Other business

The council approved the second reading of the proposed phase-in ordinance pertaining to the sewer rental rates. Councilwoman Melissa Borer cast the only nay vote. The council will vote on the final reading of the ordinance at the next council meeting.

The board heard a request from Gary Sandholm of Webster City Area Development, concerning tax increment financing for a developer in the Southeast Development Park. Sandholm explained that WCAD has received an offer for 5 acres of land including the spec building on Lot 1, Southeast Development Park #4. The offer contains the provision that the City of Webster City provide TIF.

Sandholm said Larry Hinderks is the buyer. Hinderks proposes to finish the spec building and build out as well. Hinderks told the board that his equipment company, primarily a service and maintenance facility, will likely bring 12 new jobs to the community to begin with.

Through consensus, the board agreed to the request.

Following two public hearings on the vacation and disposal of a portion of street right-of-way at the corner of High and Second Streets, the council stopped short of authorizing execution of a quit claim deed to Virginia Meade, the prospective buyer. Meade asked the council to spell out that the section of land in questions would be the 25-feet south of the light poles.

The council took no action on the matter so that the city staff could review her request which would give her 4 1/2 feet beyond what the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended.

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