STANHOPE - The oath of office for 2013 was administered to Stanhope officials during their regular monthly City Council meeting last week. Mayor Harold Hove, City Council members Nila Zanker, Suzie Moore, Roger Hayes Jr., Trent Flockhart, and Gary Baker Jr., along with City Clerk Ron McKenzie and fire Chief Mike Hanson were all sworn in.
At its November meeting, the council discussed items at the community center that need correction in order to close out the I-Jobs community center/library project. The general contractor, HPC, Ames, has come to view and discuss remedies for the problems. Corrective measures have been taken on the two problems. The council directed the city clerk to release the final payment to Benjamin Design Collaborative, of Ames, in the amount of $5,736.55.
McKenzie reported that this final payment is for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which has now been achieved.
With winter fast approaching, where snowmobiles can travel through the community was discussed. To be permitted on private property, riders must obtain permission from the property owner. Also, there is a designated snowmobile route through Stanhope, and snowmobiles must stay on that route. Snowmobiles cannot be operated on the city streets or in the city park. The council approved the 2013 snowmobile route through Stanhope.
Tad Stupp, maintenance superintendent, updated the council on public works issues. Work on the maintenance facility at 160 Parker St. is now complete, with new exterior siding and a new metal roof.
Another project has been to improve the drainage in the 800 block of Iowa Street on the south side. A camera has been used to shoot the elevations, and Stupp has been working with Harris Company to get an accurate cost estimate for the planned work. The council approved a bid from Harris Company, of Dayton, for $1,150 (short distance) or $1,560 (long distance).
Stupp reported that two sink holes near the pavement on Main Street are most likely a result of the extreme drought. Plans are to repair the holes this spring after snow plowing is finished for the season.
In another property matter, Fire Chief Michael Hanson reported to the council that the exterior siding project on the Stanhope Fire/EMS Building is now completed, along with some exterior grading and rock installation to improve drainage. Hanson indicated that in the future the furnace will need to be replaced and that he will begin fundraising for the replacement furnace.
As reported at the November council meeting, Iowa Highway 17 through Stanhope will be completed during the summer of 2014. There will be a three-inch asphalt overlay. The estimate for the city's portion of the resurfacing is 33 percent of the total cost, or $45,000. A design engineer has examined all aspects of the project and will forward additional details when the time for the project gets closer.
The council reviewed budget requests for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The request of $350 from Community/Family Resources was approved by the council at $232, and the request of $300 from Upper Des Moines Opportunity was approved for $290. The budget request from Hamilton County S.E.E.D. for $1,688 was funded at that level.
The council also reviewed three ordinances and approved the second readings of all: an ordinance pertaining to all-terrain vehicles, another ordinance dealing with installment payments of the cost of abatement, and a third ordinance pertaining to service discontinued and lien exemption. The third and final reading of the ordinances will be on the agenda for the January council meeting.
Also, the council approved the city of Stanhope as the fiscal sponsor for the 2013 Enhance Hamilton County Foundation applications to be submitted.