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Stanhope city-wide clean-up on May 19

Dumpster to be placed in central location to dispose of appliances

April 17, 2012
Billie Shelton - Correspondent (editor@freemanjournal.net) , The Daily Freeman Journal

STANHOPE - The City Council in Stanhope made plans for the annual city-wide spring clean-up day when they met for their regular monthly session last week.

The clean-up day is set for May 19, with a dumpster to be placed in a central location from 8:30 to 11 a.m. for the convenience of residents to dispose of appliances and other articles. There will be a $14 charge for each piece of furniture and $15 for each appliance, and a charge for tires, but no fee for scrap metal. All fees can be paid in cash or billed to the individual's utility billing.

Additional requirements for the clean-up day are similar to previous years.

Polly Hayes, president of the Stanhope Development Group, Inc., visited with the council and mayor regarding marketing, community relations and community betterment issues, including placement of small barn quilts on residential properties, planning a future "town hall" meeting, updating the community brochure, and improvement of community welcoming activities for newcomers. Hayes stressed she was not necessarily representing or speaking on behalf of the SDGI.

Tad Stupp of the town's public works department was present to report that the well in the northwest quadrant of the community has dropped in pumping capacity. The council approved having Northway Well and Pump Co. of Marion diagnose the problem and recommend necessary corrective action.

As it has the past several meetings, the council looked at pedestrian and traffic safety issues. The EJS police department has drastically stepped up enforcement and routinely writes 4 or 5 citations daily for speeding. The speed monitoring trailer will be brought back this spring. The city clerk has been in contact with the Iowa D.O.T. regarding grant funds for electronic speed monitoring equipment.

The city was awarded a grant from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation for an electronic message sign board, which was also financed with funds from the Stanhope Lions Club and the Stanhope Library Foundation. The council approved placement of the sign board on city property just west of the new community center.

In other business, the council okayed the second reading of three ordinances on utility rates for water, sewer and solid waste services. Also approved was the amendment of the 2011-12 operating budget.

With no questions or objections, the

Doug Follmann of Town and Country Insurance presented the city insurance package for 2012-13. Coverage is the same as last year except for an increase in property coverage. Follmann recommended increasing the liability umbrella from the current amount, which the council will consider. The council approved renewal of the insurance package.

Also, the council approved the appointment of Greg Smith, Webster City, to the Stanhope Volunteer Fire Department.

capacity. The council approved having Northway Well and Pump Co. of Marion diagnose the problem and recommend necessary corrective action.

As it has the past several meetings, the council looked at pedestrian and traffic safety issues. The EJS police department has drastically stepped up enforcement and routinely writes 4 or 5 citations daily for speeding. The speed monitoring trailer will be brought back this spring. The city clerk has been in contact with the Iowa D.O.T. regarding grant funds for electronic speed monitoring equipment.

The city was awarded a grant from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation for an electronic message sign board, which was also financed with funds from the Stanhope Lions Club and the Stanhope Library Foundation. The council approved placement of the sign board on city property just west of the new community center.

In other business, the council okayed the second reading of three ordinances on utility rates for water, sewer and solid waste services. Also approved was the amendment of the 2011-12 operating budget.

With no questions or objections, the

Doug Follmann, of Town and Country Insurance, presented the city insurance package for 2012-13. Coverage is the same as last year except for an increase in property coverage. Follmann recommended increasing the liability umbrella from the current amount, which the council will consider. The council approved renewal of the insurance package.

Also, the council approved the appointment of Greg Smith, Webster City, to the Stanhope Volunteer Fire Department.

 
 

 

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