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Lake City soliciting bids for new aquatic center
Lake City soon will be diving in construction of a new aquatic center that will open for the 2015 season.
City manager nets prestigious award
Gerald Clausen is a deep-thinker, a compassionate humanitarian and an eager mentor for fellow city managers, according to the Iowa City/County Management Association, which last week gave Clausen its Joe Lukehart Award.
Carroll Council approves $1.1 million streets project
Carroll City Council members Monday approved a $1.1 million street-resurfacing project for this construction season. It's the largest streets project since 1998, according to Public Works director Randy Krauel.
Severance payout in the works for city clerk
The Audubon city attorney is negotiating a severance deal with longtime City Clerk Lora Hansen that might finally conclude the months-long, tumultuous effort to remove her from the job, Hansen said Monday.
Council poised to fire city clerk
The Audubon City Council will vote tonight whether to remove Lora Hansen from her city clerk job, appoint another woman in her office as a temporary replacement and solicit job applications for a permanent one, according to a meeting agenda.
Council plans overhaul of finances, city operation
Audubon city leaders might seek a comprehensive audit of its finances to help reverse the budget deficit they say is unavoidable for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Carroll streets project expected to cost $1.5 million
Carroll city officials have expanded an $870,000 street-resurfacing project for this construction into a $1.5 million plan. It's the largest streets project since 1998, according to Public Works director Randy Krauel.
Carroll Council approves $18 million budget
Improvements to the City of Carroll's water collection system and street work emerged as key spending items in a budget council members approved Monday night for the fiscal year staring July 1.
City errs again in clerk replacement
City leaders will advertise a job opening for their city clerk a third time as procedural missteps continue to dog their efforts to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen.
City errs again in clerk replacement
City leaders will advertise a job opening for their city clerk a third time as procedural missteps continue to dog their efforts to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen.
Carroll Council approves $18 million budget
Improvements to the City of Carroll's water collection system and street work emerged as key spending items in a budget council members approved Monday night for the fiscal year staring July 1.
Mayor: Cost of living in Carroll 'not a bad price tag'
Commercial property owners could see a 16 percent increase in their city tax bills this coming fiscal year. Meanwhile, homeowners in Carroll would face 6 to 7 percent increases in their city property tax under a draft plan city elected officials appear poised to approve tonight.
New treasurer proud of community involvement
Travel in and out of the U.S. has made newly appointed Carroll County Treasurer Jean Seidl more fully appreciate her rural Iowa home in Dedham - and recognize the need for community involvement to keep such small towns alive.
New auditor enjoys challenge of new duties
Like many others in Carroll County, newly appointed auditor Kourtney Irlbeck can't wait to kick this winter weather.
Double-booked Branstad champions local energy mix
About the only thing Gov. Terry Branstad didn't do Wednesday for energy production in the Carroll area was to check the porch bulbs or flip on the night lights for residents himself in Glidden and Coon Rapids before leaving the region.
City denies water service to new business
Olsen's Outdoor Power either will have to install a private well or seek annexation of its planned Carroll-area business into the city limits to obtain municipal water service.
'It has to be let go'
She was dismissive at times. Combative. She let out a long, audible sigh.
Process to replace clerk plods ahead
Audubon city leaders are expected tonight to schedule a special meeting in which they will set job-performance expectations for the town's city clerk - one of the steps suggested by an interim city attorney as they seek to replace current clerk Lora Hansen.
City takes wait-and-see approach to tree-killing beetle
Carroll will spend up to $50,000 in the next fiscal year to remove damaged ash trees from city property - part of a move to prepare for the seemingly inevitable invasion of tiny Asian beetles that could wipe out the vast majority of the state's ash trees.
Supervisors sign off on new mental-health region
Carroll County supervisors unanimously voted to sign off on the final agreement establishing Carroll County's place as a member of a new six-county district to provide mental-health services.
City clerk might keep job
Audubon's longtime city clerk would remain in her job for at least six more months - if she agrees to abide by certain city council requirements - under a deal that might be approved by council members tonight, the clerk, Lora Hansen, confirmed this morning.
Carroll plans third emergency auto green lighting
The emergency mechanisms already exist in the far east and west parts of Carroll.
Siemann unleashes on dog park plan
Councilwoman Carolyn Siemann said she's fielded dozens of complaints about a proposed dog park for Carroll.
City plans tax rate cut, but bills skyrocketing
Commercial-property owners could see a 16 percent increase in their city tax bills this coming fiscal year. Meanwhile, homeowners in Carroll would face 6 percent to 7 percent increases in their city property tax under a draft plan city elected officials will begin discussing publicly Monday.
City leaders seek clerk applicants
The City of Audubon posted a job opening for its city clerk Thursday, which signals that city leaders plan to push forward with their move to replace longtime clerk Lora Hansen despite the outcries of residents.
Parks leader: Trails No. 1 activity
Construction could start as soon as April on the first stretches of what promises to be a comprehensive intra-city trails system in Carroll, 8- to 10-feet-wide asphalt paths connecting businesses and schools and neighbors for bicycles and people on foot, many of them even pushing strollers.
Council moves to restrict parking on Elm Street
Carroll City Council members Tuesday approved the first of three necessary readings of an ordinance to ban parking on the east side of Elm Street from Lenz Lane to the north cul-de-sac.
Tait rips CarrollFest's 80s feature band
Rolling Stone magazine, take notice. Some fierce music criticism is now flowing, from of all places, the Carroll City Council chambers.
Carroll to save nearly $400K from loan interest-rate reduction
Last week the Iowa Finance Authority and Iowa Department of Natural Resources cut the interest rate on its Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans from 3 percent to 1.75 percent - a drastic drop that will save Carroll and neighboring cities more than $400,000.
Council silent on city clerk appointment
We can't talk about it. I've already answered that question. I've been advised not to talk. I'm not going to answer any more questions.
City clerk appointee rejects job
The Ross woman whom Audubon City Council members appointed this month to replace the town's longtime city clerk declined the job on Friday amid community backlash over the illegal appointment vote, she confirmed today.
County compensation board recommends raises
The Carroll County Compensation Board recommended salary raises between 2.2 and 4 percent for elected county officials Thursday night.
City council violates state law, accused of 'shady' vote
A newly elected Audubon city councilman's move this month to replace the town's longtime city clerk violated two state laws - one that requires at least 24 hours of public notice before a council vote and one that requires 10 days of notice so that military veterans can apply for an available municipal job.
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Siemann: Spur the Sauk into downtown Carroll
City Councilwoman Carolyn Siemann is advocating a city trail spurring from the Sauk Rail Trail into downtown Carroll - a development she believes will pull more visitors into Carroll's commercial district.
City considers baseball/softball complex for dog park
Responding to complaints from residents of the Northeast Park area, city officials are inclined to abandon plans for a dog park there and consider building the canine facility at the softball/baseball complex on the north side of town.
Council members move up lazy river vote, kill U.S. 71 monuments
Carroll City Council members Monday reached a consensus to move a public vote to August on construction of a tube slide and lazy river at the Carroll Family Aquatic Center.
City eyes public votes on $8M for 3 projects
Voters in the City of Carroll could have their say this year on spending for an improved library, construction of a lazy river and slide at the Carroll Family Aquatic Center and development of a new streets maintenance facility.


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