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Government

  • Blue enters supervisor’s race as an independent

     RED OAK – An otherwise potentially boring and uncontested county general election became a lot more interesting Friday.

    Karen Blue, who was defeated in June’s primary election by Joshua Wiig, filed a petition with the County Auditor’s office qualifying her to run as an independent for the District 2 supervisor office.

    Blue is currently serving her second term as District Two supervisor after previously serving as Red Oak’s mayor.

  • Utility rates to increase in Red Oak

     RED OAK — Water and sewer rates will be increasing after the Red Oak City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an amendment to the City code of ordinances. 

    Water rates will go up by three percent, which is the first increase on the service since 2010, according to City Administrator Brad Wright, and sewer rates will increase five percent. 

  • Utility rates to increase in Red Oak

     RED OAK — Water and sewer rates will be increasing after the Red Oak City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an amendment to the City code of ordinances. 

    Water rates will go up by three percent, which is the first increase on the service since 2010, according to City Administrator Brad Wright, and sewer rates will increase five percent. 

  • City receives $50K grant, $350K less than requested

     RED OAK — The City of Red Oak received a $50,000 Iowa West Foundation grant for downtown revitalization, $350,000 less than what was requested. 

    The grant, which requires a one-to-one match, will go specifically toward improvements in Fountain Square Park. 

    City Administrator Brad Wright said the $400,000 the City requested from the Foundation would have been enough to complete all the proposed improvements to the park as listed in the Downtown Master Plan. 

  • Dolph arrested in 2013 chicken farm fire

     

    VILLISCA — An arrest has been made in an arson case from almost a year ago.

    Carlton John Dolph, 31, of Villisca has been charged with terroristic threats and two counts of second-degree arson in relation to the February and March fires at Sunbest-Papetti farms in Villisca.

    The February fire involved a cardboard box containing a new heater and led to minor damages. The second fire, however, occurred a few weeks later and caused serious damage to a portion of a chicken laying barn.

  • City applying for housing rehab grant

     RED OAK — The City of Red Oak is applying for a $370,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to renovate 10 owner-occupied homes north of the downtown. 

    At last Monday’s meeting, the City Council approved Mayor Bill Billings to make an application for the low and moderate income (LMI) housing rehabilitation grant, which has been unsuccessful for the last three years. 

  • Waggener, Haufle to join Red Oak City Council

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY — The Red Oak City Council will see two new members in January, according to the unofficial election results from today.

    With 336 votes, Roger Waggener beat incumbent Fred Pilecki for the at-large council position. Pilecki received 197 votes, and the third candidate, Rusty Williams, came in with 126.

    Waggener came in the lead in all three wards with 90 votes in ward one, 76 in ward two and 170 in ward three.

    Pilecki received 56 votes in ward one, 65 in two and 76 in three. Williams received 32, 50 and 44, respectively.

  • Red Oak council features two races; Billings unopposed

     Red Oak will have an uncontested race for mayor at the November election, with incumbent Bill Billings as the sole candidate.

    Billings was elected in 2011 with a landslide 55 percent of the votes against four other opponents.

    The Red Oak City Council will however have a contested race for the two open seats. In ward two, Jerry Daffer and Bill Haufle have thrown their hats in the race. The seat is currently held by Tom Pratt who announced he would not seek re-election several months ago.

  • Low attendance at congressman’s visit

    RED OAK — Congressman Tom Latham (R-Iowa) visited Red Oak last week with the intention of discussing the growing prevalence of identity theft.

    With only around five people in attendance, the informative discussion focused on miscellaneous issues ranging from the budget to healthcare and the farm bill.

    Budget

  • Red Oak Council agrees to give land to fairboard

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council has agreed to move forward with the ownership transfer of a portion of the fairgrounds to the fairboard, pending alterations to the deed.

    Currently, the City owns the property where the livestock barns and show arena are located, but with the upcoming construction of a new $425,000 barn/show arena, Fairboard President Kerry Confer said owning the land would be reassuring to potential donors.

    The Red Oak Park and Tree Board approved the fairboard’s request two weeks ago.