STANHOPE?- The city council in Stanhope had a variety of items on its agenda for the regular monthly meeting, including setting a time for the annual Halloween trick-or-treat night for Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tad Stupp was present to give the council a report on public works issues. Stupp has started to install new steel siding on the south maintenance facility, with the west side completed. The council approved securing a bid for replacement of the facility's roof.
Stupp also reported that water pumpage is right where it should be this time. All leaks have been detected and repaired.
City Clerk Ron McKenzie shared with the council concerns about the proper storage of city documents. In addition to two fireproof file cabinets in the city office, documents are stored in a room at the old community building and in the office of the water treatment plant but are not protected from fire. The council directed McKenzie to secure another fireproof file cabinet and to look for a good used cabinet.
Regarding concerns for pedestrian and traffic safety, Mayor Harold Hove will ask the local police department to bring back the speed trailer for further monitoring on Iowa Highway 17 and to step up speed limit enforcement. There has been no word from the Iowa Department of Transportation regarding possible improvements to slowing the speed on state highway 17 through town.