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Government

  • 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.  

  • Election FAQ

    The official Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. However, early voting has already begun. Voters can go to the Montgomery County Court House Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    The last day to mail absentee ballots is Friday, Nov. 2.

  • Q&A with Boswell and Lathan

    What are two or three of the specific issues driving your campaign?

    Boswell: The biggest issues driving this campaign are the need to cut the debt and the need to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare.

  • 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.