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Quiet zone upgrades estimated at $370K to $480K
Engineers recommend the City of Carroll close its Maple Street railroad crossing as part of efforts to reduce train horn noise.
Council considers ban on parking in yards
Prompted by renewed complaints about vehicles parked in yards - ranging from cars to boats to campers - the Carroll City Council is considering a parking ban.
Councilman hired, fired as city administrator
City leaders fired their new city administrator Monday - a week after they hired him - amid backlash from residents who claimed the man was not properly vetted.
Carroll County knows more about flood plains
Carroll County Supervisors, working with local and state experts, will determine how best to use vast amount of new information on flood plains in the county.
Siemann-endorsed library consultant: Leasing 'far better'
A veteran library consultant selected and given a larger contract with the urging of Councilwoman Carolyn Siemann says the city should sign a proposed lease arrangement with Badding Construction for library services instead of adding on to current lending space in the Farner Government Building.
Absentee voting open for lazy river addition
Absentee voting is underway for City of Carroll voters on a referendum for $1.355 million of the $1.665 million estimated cost to add a lazy river and associated improvements at the Family Aquatic Center.
City clerk will be 'quarterback' of town
City leaders expanded their expectations of the Audubon city clerk Monday when they approved a job description that requires the clerk to be an economic-development leader, state and federal grant writer and city website maintainer, in addition to numerous other day-to-day responsibilities that include bookkeeper and personnel manager and the annual job of preparing the city's budget.
A big Carroll fight: Say 'library'
Following an acrimonious three-hour, 20-minute discussion Monday - choked with charges, recriminations and audience cat-calls and shout-backs - the Carroll City Council struggled to reach consensus on its No. 1 goal: how to improve public library services.
Badding expected to present Depot Center library plan
Badding Construction President Nick Badding tonight is scheduled to present plans to the city council for a potential Carroll Public Library in the remaining 23,000 square feet available in the Depot Business Center.
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.


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