STANHOPE - When it met for the regular monthly session last week, the Stanhope City Council discussed Watermelon Day operations, reviewed grant submissions for the local fire department, and looked at several public works issues.
Visitors at the meeting were representatives of S & G Farms, Gary Gourley and Gene Gourley, there to discuss a proposed pork finishing facility in Section 36 of Webster township. It will be located on a 300-acre site well over 2,500 feet from the corporate limits of Stanhope and will meet all guidelines required by the state of Iowa. The facility will be 80'x 260'. The Gourleys indicated they want to be good neighbors and will be mindful of community activities.
No action was needed on the matter by the council. Mayor Harold Hove thanked the Gourleys for their information.
A representative of the Stanhope EMS Department was at the meeting regarding replacement of the current 1994 Ford diesel unit with 90,000 miles with a 1999 Chevrolet gas unit with 53,000 miles. Funding will be:
$2,000-3,000 from sale of current vehicle
$5,000 from Stanhope EMS Dept. non-city funds
$1,500 from city EMS budget
$1,500 from fund raising activities
Councilman Trent Flockhart questioned the need to upgrade the vehicle because the department does not transport patients. He also felt that the current vehicle is adequate.
Flockhart cast the only dissenting vote on the motion made to upgrade the current EMS vehicle, which passed 3-1. Councilman Roger Hayes Jr. was absent for the meeting.
Maintenance assistant Tad Stupp was present to discuss the status of several projects. Water Loss Survey, Inc., of Stratford, has been assisting in finding water leaks. Two water leaks have been located and fixed, and water pumpage/usage now is well within the parameters for the community.
Regarding Watermelon Day, there were no specific security or police concerns. All operations will be similar to previous years.
With the one-year warranty on the new community center set to expire just a few days after the council meeting, city clerk Ron McKenzie reported on a few items to be corrected in the building. He has advised the project architect and the contractor of the remaining issues to be corrected.
In other business on Monday, Fire chief Mike Hanson updated the council on recent grant submissions for the fire department. One was not funded and two grants have been submitted. Plans are to also submit an application for two additional grants.