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Council sets guidelines for board terms

Start dates, uniform term lengths set

October 5, 2010
By ANNE BLANKENSHIP Daily Freeman-Journal Managing Editor

Ordinances passed Monday night by the City Council of Webster City will bring some uniformity to the city boards and committees, setting similar lengths of terms and start dates.In a council memo, Mayor Janet Adams and City Manager Ed Sadler said the City Council recently examined all the ordinances pertaining to the current boards and committees. "What was found was the differences between the various boards and commissions was immense and as a result of theses differences, it made it very difficult to not only keep track of, but in some cases, very difficult to obtain volunteers to serve," Sadler said.The memo also explained that the boards also differed in the number of members, how they were appointed and terms varied in length from one year to six years. Terms also expired at different times of the year.Not all of the boards and commission can be made exactly the same, according to Sadler, but where it is possible, the committee or board will have five members, the terms will begin on June 1 and will be four years in length.

Adams said the commissions and board members must also now abide by the code of conduct and ethics that the City Council adopted.Councilman Doug Getter said that those currently serving on commissions and boards would continue to serve out their terms as planned.

"We appreciate all those who serve the community by serving on a board," said Councilman Geary Meyer.

Two more readings of the ordinances will be held at council meetings in the coming weeks. The board and commissions included in the ordinances are Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, Airport Commission, Zoning Administration and Enforcement Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Hotel/Motel Tax Board, Traffic Committee, Senior Citizens Administration Board, Airport Board of Adjustment, Airport Zoning Commission, Cable Television Commission, and the Utility Commission.A resolution also established the Wilson Brewer Historic Park Committee, and set the same method of appointment and length of terms as the other boards.The council members approved a contract with Jim's Tree Service, of Webster City, to provide tree trimming for electric lines in the community. Sadler said the state requires the city to do one-fifth of the community each year. The cost for the project is $39,793.84. A total of $70,000 was budgeted for the work. Sadler said the number of trees in the area to be trimmed will make a difference in the cost.A public hearing on the proposed sale of the vacated Funk Street right-of-way and city owned property, both located on James Street, was held. With no objections to the sale, the council authorized the execution of quit claim deed conveying the land to Reid A. Keller, Webster City. The council members also accepted a utility easement from Keller.

A public hearing on the sale of a vacated portion of Maple Avenue right of way was set for Oct. 18 at 7:15 p.m. The property, formerly used for Habitat for Humanity projects, will be discussed at the hearing. Getter suggested contacting the Building and Trades class at Webster City High School about the land, and possibly using it for one of the class's projects.

Webster City Cub Scouts Den 12 attended the council meeting to see just what the City Council does. Den leader Shawn Campbell explained that the Cub Scouts were attending the meeting as part of the requirements for their citizenship pin.

Contact Anne Blankenship at or call 832-4350.



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