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Government

  • Ballot language creates opposition to hotel/motel tax

    RED OAK — In just one week, Red Oak residents will be voting on the future of the highly debated seven percent hotel/motel tax.

    As stated on the Nov. 6 ballot, 50 percent of the estimated $70-80,000 in funds is dedicated to city recreation while the other half is available for any lawful purpose, a topic at the heart of many hotel/motel tax discussions.

  • Good Sam to host legislative forum

    RED OAK — Local residents are being encouraged to participate in a long term care legislative forum scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15.

    The event will take place at 10 a.m. at the Good Samaritan Society center in Red Oak.

  • ONLINE ONLY: Council creates committee to oversee hotel/ motel tax funds

    RED OAK — The Red Oak City Council approved guidelines for the distribution of funds for the Red Oak Recreational and Tourism Committee at its regular meeting Monday.

    The five-member committee will be responsible for gathering ideas from the public through an application process and making recommendations to the council through the guidelines that 50 percent of funds generated from the hotel/motel tax go toward city recreation and tourism projects and the other half to promote and enhance the community and community events.

  • Red Oak Council asked to make parks entirely tobacco-free

    RED OAK — While many restaurants and venues in Red Oak are already smoke-free, Red Oak City Council might be taking the restrictions a step further in making parks entirely tobacco-free, after a presentation at last Monday’s City Council meeting by representatives from “Free People from Tobacco.”

  • Council disbands hotel/motel task force, creates new one

    by MOLLY SKYLES
    Assistant Editor

    RED OAK — After a heated hotel/motel tax meeting last week, the Red Oak City Council coolly disbanded the committee at last Monday’s regular meeting while discussing forming a new one.

  • Schoonover resigns as county auditor; Burke running

    by MOLLY SKYLES
    Assistant Editor

    RED OAK —The incumbent Montgomery County Auditor withdrew his name from the November ballot last week, just in time for a new candidate to file for nomination.

    Republican Ted Schoonover will be heading to Minnesota where he accepted a city administrator position in his wife’s hometown of Caledonia.  

  • Live Election Night Results: Sampson wins Republican Sheriff's Nod

    Joe Sampson has won the Republican nomination for Montgomery County Sheriff during a primary race held Tuesday.

    Sampson defeated challenger Chris Stephens 1,432-512. 

    In the race for state representative District 23 Republican nomination, Mark Costello defeated Raymond Chase 1,668-843. The newly formed district includes Mills County and some of Montgomery County, excluding voters in Stanton, Villisca and Coburg. 

  • State begins monitoring of local beaches

    DES MOINES — As in summers past, the DNR will again monitor and report water quality conditions at state park beaches to safeguard Iowans’ health and enhance understanding of water quality.

    The DNR routinely collects and analyzes water samples at Iowa’s 38 state park beaches. The samples are compared to water quality standards to determine the risk of waterborne illnesses for swimmers.

    All beaches will be monitored at least once per week.

  • Committee looks at moving dogs to Chautauqua Park

    RED OAK — Amidst ongoing work at the City’s south wells, Red Oak's dog park committee has its sights set on a new location.

    After previously proposing building the new park on City property near the south wells, the committee is now suggesting the park be located inside Chautauqua Park.

    “It's a great location and could be utilized much more than it currently is,” Committee Member Darrell Steven Carlyle said, adding the dog park could lead to a “rebirth” of the area.

  • Council continues hotel/motel tax talks

    RED OAK — After a previous contentious discussion on the hotel/motel tax, Red Oak’s City Council hosted a much more serene public meeting on the issue last week.

    “The whole reason I ever brought it up was to benefit everyone in this room,” Mayor Bill Billings said. “If we can’t come together and everyone gets to benefit, then its only good for a few.”