• 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.”

  • Records Jan. 3

    The following events were filed with the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office between Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, 2011. All parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty. For details on these events, visit the public records office or online at www.iowacourts.gov.

    Real Estate


    Mary M. and Orville L. Fast to Charles E. and Mary Beth Fast, 25-72-37.

  • No. 7: Ernst elected by landslide to Iowa senate

    RED OAK — When Terry Brasntad won a fifth term as Iowa’s governor in 2010, it would propel a Montgomery County official to the state capital.

    Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak) won a special election to the Iowa Senate to fill the remaining two years on Kim Reynolds term Jan. 4. Reynolds resigned so she could serve as Branstad’s Lieutenant Governor.

  • Location, date of council meeting changed

    RED OAK — Typically scheduled for Monday nights in City Hall, the first City Council meeting under new mayor Bill Billings has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Red Oak Fire Station

    With New Year’s Day falling on Sunday making Monday the nationally recognized holiday, the meeting was pushed back to Tuesday. However, Billings had indicated he wanted to relocate the meetings to the fire station’s community room to accomodate more seating.

    One thing that hasn’t changed is the meeting time, which remains 5:30 p.m.

  • Women excluded from board appointments

    RED OAK — A state mandate requiring gender equity made Red Oak City Council’s decision for the public library board a much easier one.

    While seven individuals submitted applications for Norma Wilson’s seat on the board, five were eliminated because they were women, as the board needs more men to balance its gender totals.

    As a result, John Blomstedt was selected to replace Wilson.

  • Applicants needed for municipal boards

    The City of Red Oak has the following volunteer positions on City appointed Boards or Commissions available.  

    Any Red Oak resident interested in serving can obtain an application at Red Oak City Hall, 601 N 6th Street, or print one from the City’s website, redoakiowa.com    

    The application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Dec. 28, and can be hand-delivered to City Hall or e-mailed to redoakcity@mchsi.com

  • Council votes 3-1 for special election; Rev. Pilecki to run

    RED OAK — There will be a special election for Red Oak’s city council, most likely in February, and one resident has already announced his candidacy.

    By a 3-1 vote, the Council voted at its meeting last week to conduct the special election, declining to appoint someone to fill the seat vacated by Mark Gregg’s resignation.

    Whoever is elected will serve the remainder of Gregg’s term, which runs through 2013, instead of the next general election in November, 2012.

  • County hosting public meeting on jail

    RED OAK — Local citizens will have a chance to give their opinions and offer suggestions as to what the County should do with the current jail at a public meeting Wednesday.

    The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors will host the special meeting at 6 p.m. in the Supervisor’s meeting room in the courthouse.

    “This is essentially an opportunity for the residents to share with the supervisors their thoughts on what should be done with the existing facility,” Montgomery County Auditor Ted Schoonover said.