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City Council pushes through public hearings, resolutions

February 21, 2023

Over the past few weeks, the City Council of Webster City has spent quite a lot of time together, from receiving updates regarding traffic near schools to workshops with the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors over the next steps for Wilson Brewer Memorial Park.

There’s still quite a bit of work to do, but in their latest meeting — which took place on Monday evening at the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, 400 Second Street in Webster City, — the Webster City council knocked out a plethora of public hearings and resolutions.

Within the span of 18 minutes, the council rubber stamped nine resolutions and set two public hearings. The first is a lease of city-owned land on March 6, and the second is to fix a time and date for a public hearing addressing a transmission agreement for utilities.

One of those resolutions is to allow City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez to proceed in acquiring the necessary property for the upcoming Wastewater Treatment Facility project, which is currently estimated at more than $70 million.

The council pushed through the approval of the agenda, along with previous meeting minutes, payroll, bills and reports, before holding a public hearing for a proposed offer to lease city-owned property located off of the 1300-block of Short Street to the Webster City Daycare Center.

Brought up this past January, the Webster City Daycare Center provided updates on interior remodel. The renovation would allow for additional classroom space, and expand the center’s capacity for children.

The public hearing on the lease of city-owned property was then set for 6:05 p.m. on March 6.

Moments later, the public hearing on the improvement project to construct a wastewater treatment facility commenced. With no objections, both verbal and written, the council approved the resolution.

The next two resolutions were given the proverbial thumbs up, which amended the terms of employment for City Clerk Karyl Bonjour, and directed publication of gross wage salaries for full-time and part-time city employees.

A resolution to adopt updated safety plans for the city was greenlighted, followed by setting 6:05 p.m. on March 20 as the date for approving an amendment between various power companies and the Webster City Municipal Electric Utility and the city.

Before adjourning, the council authorized a bid for concrete crushing and prompted Ortiz-Hernandez to purchase a new digger derrick truck.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 6 at the council chambers.


View this article as it originally appeared in the Daily Freeman-Journal.

Last modified: February 22, 2023

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