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Government

  • Education, taxes discussed at legis. briefing

    RED OAK — Iowa Representatives Mark Costello (R-23) and Cecil Dolecheck (R-24) co-hosted the first in a series of legislative briefings Saturday morning.

    Newly elected Costello, who shares representation of Montgomery County with Dolecheck, said one of the core principles for Republican House members is to not spend more than is taken in. He said this principle will guide all decisions made this session.

    While the House’s budget bills are not yet finalized, Dolecheck agreed, saying limiting spending is major concern.

  • Council approves $25K promotional video

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council approved, by a 4-1 vote, funding for a $24,800 promotional video to be aired through the Communities of Distinction TV program.

    The five-minute video, hosted by Terry Bradshaw, will be part of the Best Places to Live in America series in a 30-minute episode featuring three other communities. It will be aired once nationally on the FOX Business Network and 34 times regionally through ABC and/or FOX stations.

  • Post offices face reduced hours

    At around 500 people, Emerson is what mayor Chuck Moyer referred to as one big family, and this family is fighting to save one of their own.
    Emerson, along with Stanton and Elliott, is one of 13,000 communities that have post offices facing decreased hours.

    “We may be a small town, but we do have businesses that use the post office,” Moyer said. “It’s like because we are a small town, we are being pushed under the rug.”

  • Council Approves Tobacco-Free Ordinance

    RED OAK — In a unanimous vote, the Red Oak City Council extended the current smoke-free ordinance to prohibit the use of all tobacco products on city property.

    “We already had a non-smoking ordinance and this is just an extension of that,” Council member Larry Barnett said after last Monday’s meeting. “It’s a matter of consistency really.”

  • Costello set to begin first House term

    A southwest Iowa farmer is about to begin his first term as a representative for the Iowa House and this new kid at the Capital is anxious to get his hands dirty.

    Mark Costello (R-Imogene) was elected as the District 23 Representative during an uncontested race in the Nov. 6 election. District 23 covers Fremont, Mills and the northern part of Montgomery County.

  • City discusses law center parking lot, Freedom Rock

    RED OAK — Plans for the construction of a parking lot west of the new Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center were discussed at last Monday’s Red Oak City Council meeting.

    According to City Administrator Brad Wright, the current project lacks adequate parking for emergency vehicles.

  • New Red Oak police station expected to be finished soon

    RED OAK — The new Red Oak Police Station is nearing completion, with wiring and other last minute touches on the inside, the station should be up and running by January.

    Standing where the previous jail was once located, the completed police station is the final phase of the two-part Montgomery County law enforcement center and jail facility.

    During August 2010, voters approved a $6.3 million bond issue to construct the new center, which aside from the police station, includes the jail, sheriff’s department and E911 center.  

  • ONLINE ONLY: City discusses implementing tobacco-free policy

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council discussed areas to potentially be made tobacco-free within the city limits at Monday’s regular meeting.

    A presentation at a September meeting by the Free People from Tobacco group encouraged the Council to make parks tobacco-free in addition to already being smoke-free. At that time, the city was still waiting to see if it had been accepted into Blue Zones. Adopting a tobacco-free policy would qualify for points toward the Blue Zones’ mission so no action was taken at that time.

  • Montgomery Co. voters support Romney, Latham

    RED OAK — Montgomery County voters continued their historic trend of supporting Republicans at last week’s general election, choosing both Mitt Romney and Tom Latham by more than 1,000 votes.

    In the race for U.S. President, Romney received 2,999 votes, compared to 1,919 for Obama. The 60-38 percent margin increased significantly from 2008, when Obama was first elected over John McCain. In that election, 54 percent of voters supported McCain compared to 44 percent for Obama, a margin of 2,878-2,318 votes.

  • City: Time to submit 2013 budget requests

    RED OAK — The City of Red Oak is beginning the process of developing their budget for fiscal year July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.   

    Any organization that will be requesting funds from the City for the upcoming fiscal year should submit a written request to Red Oak City Hall, 601 N. Sixth Street, P.O. Box 475, Red Oak, 51566, or by e-mail to redoakcity@mchsi.com, by Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.