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CleanUp days set for June 4, 5

Council approves RAGBRAI temporary ordinance

The annual Webster City CleanUp/DropOff days have been set for Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5, following a discussion by the Webster City City County Monday night.

City officials said the event will be held at the Webster City Middle School parking lot as in past years. Area residents can drop off materials on Friday from noon until 4 p.m. or on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Councilman Brian Miller said he had reached out to the high school wrestling team to help unload and move items on Saturday.

More details about the items that will be allowed will be released in the coming weeks from the city.

In other business Monday night, the city approved the first reading of a temporary ordinance to help the city of Webster City and officials with RAGBRAI deal with the large numbers of bicyclists who will be passing through Webster City on July 27.

Finance Director Dodie Wolfgram said in a memo to the council that the city was fortunate to have a detailed notebook compiled by the late Kent Harfst. She said it was discovered that this year will mark the fifth time RAGBRAI has come to Webster City. The community served as an overnight stop in 1980 and 2012, and was a pass-through town in 1995 and 2015.

The riders will spend the night of July 26 in Fort Dodge before heading out the next morning for Iowa Falls. The cyclists will pass through Webster City, arriving on old Highway 20, turning east on James Street and turning south on Grove Street, continuing on to turn east on Second Street.

The downtown area will be for entertainment and refreshments with vendors set up alon Second Street and South Des Moines Street between Second and First Streets. The chamber is handling the vendor registrations.

The ordinance also outlines booth fees that will be charged. For premium spaces with electric hookup capability, the cost is $50 for a Webster City non-profit vendor, $100 for a Webster City for profit vendor and $300 for non-local vendors. Non-premium spaces without electricity will cost Webster City residents nothing to set up, and non-residents will be charged $100. All booths would be required to adhere to regulations and of the Iowa Department of Health and Hamilton County Public Health rules and regulations pertaining to the sale and dispensing of food.

Area businesses operating out of their own facilities will not be charged a vendor fee, according to city officials.

In other council business, a public hearing was set for the plans, specifications, proposed form of contract and estimate of cost for the 2021 Wilson Brewer Courthouse structural improvement project. The hearing will be held on June 7 during the council meeting.

The council held the third reading of a proposed amendment to the code of ordinances pertaining to adding stop signs at Commerce Drive and Closz Drive, and North Terrace Drive and Fairmeadow Drive. The measure was approved, passed and adopted.

The city also approved an electric service and interconnection for a small renewable facilities agreement with Vantec LLC. The agreement would also need to be approved by Corn Belt Power Cooperative, according to city officials.

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