November 27, 2013 - 3:38 pm - Posted in News

City Of Sibley Council Proceedings

Regular Session
November 25, 2013
The City Council of the City of Sibley met in regular session at 5:00 o’clock PM on November 25, 2013. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Johnson. Council Members present were Nobles, Pedley, Groote and Buchholtz. Absent Henningsen. Also present at the meeting City Administrator Dan Janssen, City Clerk Kris Vipond.
Motion by Buchholtz seconded by Groote to approve the agenda. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Motion by Groote seconded by Pedley to approve the consent agenda as follows: approve minutes from previous meeting, approve bills and bills paid in vacation. All voted Aye. Nay none.
BILLS SUBMITTED
ADVANCED SYSTEMS LEASES/COPIER 2,870.35
ALLIANT ENERGY ELECTRIC 945.67
ARBOR SCIENTIFIC BERNOULLI BAGS 38.75
BOB’S PIANO SERV TUNE PIANO 95.00
BORDER STATES RETURN/TIE/LUG 578.37
CHEMCO INC SANITIZER/FUEL 57.90
CITY OF SIBLEY UTILITY PAYMENT 4,922.27
COMPLIANCE SERVICES TESTING/RICE 4,200.00
D & T CONSTRUCTION CONCRETE PAD 3,851.46
DEKOTER THOLE GEN FILE/RAIL SPUR 4,800.11
DGR ENGINEERING WATER STRG/RICE 17,644.50
DYKSTRA CORY MEALS 16.07
DYNO’S OIL 82.80
ED’S ELECTRIC MOVE COMPUTERS 749.40
EFTPS FED/FICA TAX 9,111.04
ENERGIS HIGH VOLTAGE OIL SAMPLES 2,002.34
ERA TESTING 199.57
FAIRBANKS MORSE SEAL SET 158.67
FERGUSON ENT CURB BOX/COUPLINGS 461.54
FISHER SCIENTIFIC CLEANERS/DETERGENT 394.99
FLINN SCIENTIFIC GASES 56.02
GCC ALLIANCE CEMENT 662.50
GRAPHIC EDGE SHIRTS 33.98
GRUIS GLASS SIGN LETTERS 191.00
HEIMAN FIRE FIRE EXTG 70.00
HICKORY TECH PHONE SERVICE 980.18
I WIRELESS CELL PHONE SERV 90.00
IA DNR MISC DED 636.51
IOWA RURAL WATER ASSOC MEMBERSHIP DUES 300.00
ISU FIRE SCHOOL 90.00
KANNEGIETER JACKIE JANITOR 240.00
LEWIS DRUG SPORT TAPE 19.14
MARCO JODI JANITOR 38.25
MATHESON TRI-GAS NITROGEN 109.90
MID-AMERICAN RESEARCH BLACK GLOVES 35.69
MUNICIPAL SUPPLY COUPLING 73.70
NW EQUIPMENT FUEL FILTER 13.13
NW MFG DUMPSTER 455.00
OBBINK GARY LODGING/MEALS 177.98
OFFICE ELEMENTS PRINTER LEASE 95.25
OSCEOLA CO AUDITOR ELECTION EXPENSES 2,682.24
OSCEOLA CO TREASURER POLICE PROTECTION 18,992.64
OSCEOLA ELECTRIC COOP SIBLEY SIGNS ELECTRIC 29.73
PETE CLAUSON TRUCKING BACKHOE 1,620.00
PHOENIX FABRICATORS WATER TOWER PROJECT 26,315.00
PITNEY BOWES MACHINE RENT 420.00
PITSCO EDUCATION PROPELLERS/KIT 368.08
PRESTO X CO PEST CONTROL 34.76
RON’S REPAIR REPAIR 179.92
ROSS CHEMICAL CHEMICALS 1,722.19
SEH INC FELDKAMP ESTATES 3,635.75
SHEEHAN MACK LOADER CONTRACT 1,870.00
SIBLEY SHEET METAL WATER HTR/FILTER 997.52
SIBLEY SUPER FOODS BUNS/PLATES 113.76
S-O SCHOOLS POP 715.50
STAN HOUSTON EQUIP SONOTUBE 489.00
UPS SHIP SAMPLE 21.52
UNIVERSAL PUBLICATIONS GOLF AD 50.00
VAN-HOF TRUCKING UNLOAD RAIL CAR 2,325.00
VANDER PLAATS DOUG JANITOR 350.00
WEDGE MIKE GROW ANIMAL/SYRINGES 29.96
TOTAL ACCOUNTS PAYABLE 120,511.60
PAYROLL CHECKS NET PAY 27,383.49
VACATION BILLS
Community Bank Credit Card Fees 64.24
US Postmaster Postage 46.00
Osceola Co Rural Water Water 11,327.03
RPGI Purchase Power 88,041.01
US Postmaster Postage 303.77
State Treasurer Sales Tax 10,421.00
FUND TOTAL – Road Use Tax $3,694.20, Capital Projects $3,650.47, Feldkamp Estates $3,635.75, Water Storage $26,447.00, Electric Improvement $21,712.50, Transit $32.90, Rail Spur $6,031.00, General $26,953.94, Electric Utility $102,987.71, Water $19,862.89, Sewer $4,825.34, Garbage $1,304.88, Golf $777.38.
Motion by Buchholtz seconded by Groote to approve submitting the Tax Increment Financing Indebtedness Certification to the County Auditor. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Motion by Buchholtz seconded by Groote to approve submitting the annual Urban Renewal Report to the Department of Management. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Motion by Buchholtz seconded by Groote to renew the banking agreement with Melvin Savings Bank for a period of three years with amended interest rates. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Motion by Groote seconded by Pedley to approve pay request #9 in the amount of $26,315.00 to Phoenix Fabricators & Erectors Inc., Cincinnati, OH for the Water Storage Tank Project. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Motion by Buchholtz seconded by Pedley to approve the Underwriting Engagement Letter with Ruan Securities. All voted Aye. Nay none.
City Council directed the City Clerk to begin advertising for the City Administrator position utilizing local newspapers and government related websites with a deadline of the end of December.
City Council advised staff that they would like additional funding for Bright Beginnings to be considered when the FY15 budget is being worked on.
Motion by Groote seconded by Pedley to approve the Park Board’s recommendation to demolish the NW shelter house in Central Park due to the poor state of the cement and structure. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Council member Nobles arrived at 5:22 PM.
City Council reviewed the proposed Industrial Track Agreement which is based on one that the City of LeMars uses. This agreement would need to be in place for each user of the track.
Council reviewed financial options for funding the rail improvements. City Administrator handed out a worksheet regarding the use of reserves. Bonding and an annual appropriations capital loan note were discussed. Ruan Securities will be contacted to get more information.
A letter from Ahlers & Cooney was reviewed in regards to the rail spur improvements. It was determined that there was a defect in the bid documents and Attorney Harold Dawson advised that the bid process would need to be started over to comply with Iowa law. A special meeting was set for Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to do the first step in the new bid process.
Steve Hallgren is still working on the Urban Renewal Plan amendment #3. As soon as this document is available to their satisfaction, City Council may begin the process to adopt.
City Council reviewed the request from the property owner at 601 8th Street to be allowed additional time to replace windows and fix up the exterior of the building. All were in agreement to extend the deadline to August 2014. The City Attorney will notify the property owner.
Council concerns and administrators report was given.
Motion by Buchholtz seconded by Groote to adjourn at 6:07 P.M. All voted Aye. Nay none.

Jerry Johnson
Mayor
ATTEST:
Kristen L. Vipond
City Clerk

SPECIAL SESSION
NOVEMBER 27, 2013
The City Council of the City of Sibley met in special session at 9:00 o’clock AM on
November 27, 2013. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Johnson. Council Members present were Nobles, Pedley and Buchholtz. Absent Henningsen and Groote. Also present at the meeting City Administrator Dan Janssen, City Clerk Kris Vipond.
Motion by Buchholtz seconded by Nobles to approve the agenda. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Motion by Pedley seconded by Buchholtz to reject previous bids based upon defect in bid documents. All voted Aye. Nay none.
Councilperson Buchholtz introduced Resolution No 1252-13, Notice of Public Hearing and Letting on Plans, Specifications, Form of Contract and Estimate of Cost for the Construction of 2013 Rail Spur Improvements and Work Incidental Thereto, in and for the City of Sibley, Iowa and Taking of Bids for Such Improvements and moved that the same be adopted. Councilperson Nobles seconded the motion to adopt. The roll was called and the vote was Aye 3. Nay 0. A Public Hearing will be at the Council Chambers, in said City, on the 9th day of December, 2013 at 5:00 o’clock P.M.
City Council discussed the rail improvement funding options based on what has been learned since the past meeting.
A working copy of Urban Renewal Plan Amendment No. 3 was distributed to Council for their review.
Motion by Nobles seconded by Buchholtz to adjourn at 9:58 A.M. All voted Aye. Nay none.

Jerry Johnson
Mayor
ATTEST:
Kristen L. Vipond
City Clerk

November 23, 2013 - 10:48 am - Posted in News

HoldiayGiftsforGardenersGifts for the Gardener

Margaret Murphy Horticulture Educator/Local Foods Coordinator

The holiday season is quickly approaching bringing with it family gatherings and gift giving. So, if you are in need of some gift ideas for gardeners, maybe I can help with a few suggestions.
For gardeners who are already missing their garden, give them a kit for starting an indoor herb garden. During the cold months ahead the herbs can provide fresh flavors for savory dishes plus will fill the kitchen with wonderful scents. You can also make your own kit to give. Include containers that are at least four inches in diameter and have drainage holes. Decorate the pots to make them more special. Supply a potting mix and the herbs. There are a number of herbs that do fine indoors such as basil, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives, parsley and oregano.
Staying on the herb theme, while shopping, I recently came across a hanging rack for drying herbs. Many gardeners like to dry freshly cut garden herbs and store them for future use. Traditionally, the cut stems are gathered into small bunches and hung upside down in a well-ventilated area. If you know of a gardener who enjoys drying herbs in this fashion, then a hanging rack may be just the ticket. Hanging racks come in a range of styles and designs. They can be as simple as an old, wall-mounted coat rack that needs a new purpose. With a fresh coat of paint, it would make a nice refurbished gift for a gardener or cook. One popular design that I „P„P„P
have seen on several shopping sites for gardeners is a metal, circular hanging rack (available for under $20). The circular rack usually includes six hooks but more can be added. An additional idea is to include a set of small, glass jars with air tight lids for storing the dried herbs.
Looking forward to the next growing season, what gardener wouldn¡¦t benefit from a well organized and fully stocked tool caddy? Caddies can be made from baskets, wooden boxes, buckets or canvass totes. They easily accommodate being personalized for each individual gardener. Fill the caddy with the basics such as a garden trowel, clippers, hand cultivator, weeding tool and gloves. Make sure there is a place to store a water bottle as gardening is often hot and sweaty work. Plus, throw in a tube of sunscreen. Lastly, add items that you know will be particularly appreciated by your gardener friend.
Another item that would fit nicely into a tool caddy is a garden journal. Garden journals offer a great way to keep track of so many things such as timetables for starting seeds, plant profiles, weather, pest control and the numerous tasks to be done throughout the growing season. Gardeners can also record their observations, new things they learn or great ideas they want to employ in the future. Garden journals can be purchased or easily made. Like so many homemade gifts, journals too can be readily personalized for the individual gardener. If you make one to give as a gift consider including a section for sketching. A quick sketch of how the vegetable garden is laid out will make it easier to remember where to rotate certain crops for next year. If giving a journal to a child, include interactive opportunities like recipes to try using the vegetables they grow, or challenge them to see how many garden insects they can record and identify. If you are not sure where to start when it comes to creating a garden journal, many ideas and free templates are available online.
Lastly, if you know a gardener who enjoys a little garden whimsy, give the gift of garden art. The possibilities are almost endless when it comes to decorative accents.
For an additional surprise, include with your gift a card embedded with seeds that can be planted indoors for a winter garden or outdoors next spring. A number of companies now offer plantable greeting cards that are available with flower, herb or vegetable seeds.
For any questions, please feel free to contact me at my email mmurphy@iastate.edu, by phone at (712) 472-2576 or through your local county Extension office. Happy Holidays, everyone!

Contact:
Margaret Murphy Horticulture Educator/Local Foods Coordinator
710 North 2nd Avenue East, Suite 103
Rock Rapids, Iowa 51246 Email: mmurphy@iastate.edu
Office: 712-472-2576

November 20, 2013 - 11:42 am - Posted in Obituaries
Ernie LangfittErnie Langfitt, 65 of Milford and formerly of Ocheyedan, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Friday, November 22, 2013 at Ocheyedan United Methodist Church in Ocheyedan, Iowa.  Interment will be at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery in Ocheyedan.
Visitation will begin after 3 pm Thursday, November 21, 2013 with the family present from 5-7 pm at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Milford, which is in charge of arrangements for 65 year old Ernie Langfitt of Milford and formerly of Ocheyedan.
A full obituary and online condolences may be seen at www.turnerfuneralhomes.com

clippings telling your storyBest Practices for Helping You Communicate Your Agriculture Story with Adult Consumers

Kaye Strohbehn, Agriculture Producer and Consumer Education Specialist

Northwest Iowa – The United States Department of Agriculture Census of 2007 shows the number and size of farms in Iowa has continued to decrease, while the average age of farmers continues to increase. Additionally, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations indicates the world population will reach a record breaking nine billion people by the year 2050 – an increase of close to two billion people worldwide.

With our world population set to reach this record-breaking number, it brings to light the need for our agriculture community to have more individuals engaged in telling the story of agriculture in Iowa. Who better to tell the story of Iowa agriculture than the many agriculturalists who work to provide a safe, wholesome, economical and desirable food product?

To help you prepare your agriculture story and message, I recommend trying the following research-based best practices:

Identify your audience. Ask yourself the following question: Who am I trying to reach with my message? By defining as much as you can about your target audience, you will be better equipped to tailor your message to the needs of your audience.

Determine your purpose and goals. Ask yourself: What impact do I want to make on my targeted audience? For example, is your intent for the audience to increase their awareness and knowledge about your product?

Describe specifically what you want the audience to know about the agriculture industry or the product you represent.

Tailor your message to the audience. Stick to the facts! Use trusted and unbiased research-based information from universities, commodity organizations or governmental agencies. Incorporate consumer preferred language as much as possible into your message. For example, instead of using the word “producer” to describe those that raise our food use the word “farmer” instead.

Listen and learn from consumers and neighbors. By listening to consumers and neighbors in earnest, your message will be received showing the value you bring not only to the agriculture community, but to the product you represent.

Remember to keep your message clear, concise and purposeful. Convey to your audience first the value they gain from your message or from consuming your product. For more information on programs, resources or guidance on educating and communicating your agriculture story to consumers and neighbors, contact me at 712-737-4230 or kestroh@iastate.edu.

November 15, 2013 - 9:18 am - Posted in Obituaries

Jean J. Brons Giffin, age 82, of Ocheyedan, Iowa passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Country View Manor in Sibley.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Lake Park, Iowa. Rev. Gerald Gauthier and Rev. Shawn Ethridge officiating.

Burial to follow at Silver Lake Township Cemetery in Lake Park, Iowa.

Visitation will be Monday, November 18, from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Andringa Funeral Chapel in Ocheyedan,

Online Expressions of Sympathy can be sent towww.andringafuneralhome.com

The Andringa Funeral Home of Sibley and Ocheyedan in charge of arrangements for Jean Brons Giffin.

November 14, 2013 - 11:12 am - Posted in Sports

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – It’s the semi final round of the state volleyball tournament Thursday in Cedar Rapids. Four northwest Iowa teams will be in action.

In Class 3A top ranked MOC Floyd Valley will meet 5th ranked Union at 2 pm. The Lady Dutch advanced with a 3-1 win over Independence Tuesday night. The set scores were 23-25,25-16,25-7 and 25-16. Stat leaders included Alexis Conaway with 19 kills and 15 digs. Shelby Scouten added 17 kills. Alyssa Brown had 49 assists. Emily McDonald went 18-of-21 serving with Katie Landhuis 17-of-22. MOC Floyd Valley comes in at 33-6 with Nevada at 33-11.

Also in Tuesday’s quarterfinals Sheldon dropped a 3-0 decision to Mount Vernon on set scores of 25-17, 25-16 and 25-21. The Orabs end the year at 34-5 on the year ranked number two in the final 3A poll having made their third State Tournament appearance in the last five years. Stat leaders for the Orabs included Jessica VanBeek with 12 kills. Sami Kleinwolterink had 20 assists. The digs leader was Emily Johnson with 29. Johnson also was the serve leader going 11-of-11.

In the Class 2A Quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon 2nd ranked Western Christian advanced with a 3-0 win over Grundy Center on set scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-15. Western will meet 3rd ranked Sumner Fredricksburg at 4pm Thursday. They advanced with a 3-1 win over Hinton. Western was led by Haley Moss and Ema Altena with 11 kills each. Jamie Gesink had 39 assists. Summer Jansen had 16 digs. Kenzie Bousema was the serve leader going 17-of-19.

Western enters the semis with a 44-2 record while Sumner Fredricksburg enters at 38-3.

In Class 1A 4th ranked Central Lyon playing in the State Tournament for the first time eliminated five time defending champion Tripoli who came in 7th ranked. The final score was 3-1 on set scores of 22-25, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-23. The Lions now 28-6 meet 2nd ranked and 36-4 Janesville who ousted 11thranked Springville 3-0. The 1A semifinals will be played at 6pm tonight. The Lions were led by Sarah Halse with 16 kills. Ivy Sieperda had 22 assists with Claire Snyder adding 16. Angel Rassmussen was the digs leader with 23. Ashley Boer was the serve leader with a perfect 19-of-19 performance.

5th ranked LeMars Gehlen at 24-11 will meet top ranked and 46-4 Holy Trinity in the other 6pm semifinal.

Championship matches in all classes will be decided on Friday beginning with the 5A Championship at noon and wrapping up with the 1A Championship scheduled for 6pm Friday night. We’ll bring you coverage of Western Christian and Sumner Fredricksburg beginning with pregame at 3:45 this afternoon. We’ll follow that with Central Lyon and Janesville.

 

It’s time for high school basketball season once again, and KIWA will again offer a texting service for varsity basketball scores from KIWA listening area schools.

To sign up for this free service, just use your cell phone to send a text to 40404, that reads:  follow @kiwascores.  Make sure you leave a space after “follow”.  You’ll then receive a confirmation text and you’re set to go.  It’s just that easy!

Standard text messaging rates from your cell phone carrier may apply.  Texting service is brought to you by Orange City Area Health System.  From fertility care and obstetrics, to family practice and senior care … they’re your medical home for a lifetime of care.  Learn more at www.ochealthsystem.org

November 13, 2013 - 4:40 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Effie Starkenburg, age 91 of Sibley, IA died Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at the Sibley Nursing and RehabilitationCenter in Sibley, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 16th at the Christian Reformed Church in Sibley, IA, with Pastor Roger Bouwman officiating.

Burial will take place prior to the memorial service at HolmanTownshipCemetery in Sibley.

Visitation will be Friday, November 15th from 2 to 8 p.m., with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Sibley.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:  www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

brockshusWhile we have already published a story about Sibley-Ocheyedan graduate Steven Brockshus being selected for national FFA office, we received this press release today from the National FFA Organization and decided to share it:

Iowa FFA member, Iowa State University student elected Central Region vice president of 2013-14 National FFA Officer team

INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013/National FFA Organization) – Steven Brockshus of Iowa was to say the least an active high school student.

At Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley, Iowa, he was active in concert, marching and jazz bands. He was a choir member and performed as lead in several high school plays and musicals. Brockshus was a member of the varsity football, wrestling and track teams. And he belonged to groups including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, 4-H and more.

“I joined so many activities in high school to find out where I belonged,” he said. “While I didn’t feel out of place in any of them, I found something special in FFA.”

FFA inspired Brockshus, he recalls. “The organization itself is empty without people. FFA creates an atmosphere in which anyone can find their place, regardless of background, family structure, age, skin color, language or accent.”

Brockshus was elected to the 2013-14 National FFA Officer team as Central Region vice president at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Other members of the team are Brian Walsh of Virginia as president, Mitch Baker of Tennessee as secretary, Jackson Harris of Alabama as Southern Region vice president, Wes Davis of West Virginia as Eastern Region vice president and Jason Wetzler of Oregon as Western Region vice president.

Originally from Sibley, Iowa, and today an agricultural education and global resource systems major at Iowa State University, Brockshus previously served as Iowa FFA Association president and northwest state vice president. In high school, he served as his FFA chapter’s reporter and secretary.

Each year at the National FFA Convention & Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern and western regions of the country.

National officers commit to a year of service to the National FFA Organization. Each travels more than 100,000 national and international miles to interact with business and industry leaders, thousands of FFA members and teachers, corporate sponsors, government and education officials, state FFA leaders, the general public and more. The team will lead personal growth and leadership training seminars for FFA members throughout the country and help set policies that will guide the future of FFA and promote agricultural literacy.

After graduation from Iowa State, Brockshus hopes to develop agriculture, teach and be involved in missionary work in a third-world country to encourage community development, spur innovation and motivate people in need.

“I am excited to help members find their belonging by serving as a role model, unconditionally loving every person I meet,” he said. “I want to make every interaction a moment of positive influence by being vulnerable and sharing my passion.

“I hope to foster an atmosphere of belonging in every member I come in contact with while serving as a national officer. I want to empower members by creating opportunities for self-discovery and express the value of living in the moment with every interaction.”

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 579,678 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Ambulance front generic actually SCAT 2Fort Dodge, Iowa — Four people from Sheldon and one from Ashton were taken to the hospital after an accident on Tuesday (November 12) near Fort Dodge.

The Iowa State Patrol reports that Niki Cooper of Sheldon was eastbound on Highway 169, three miles south of Fort Dodge in a 2005 Chevy SUV. Forrest Van Dorn of Polk City, Iowa was northbound on Highway 20, driving a semi.

The trooper says Cooper started across Highway 169, traveling east to enter the onramp to eastbound Highway 20, after stopping at the stop sign. The report says she failed to see the approaching semi from the south and collided with the semi.

Cooper and four passengers in her vehicle, Cody Cooper, Nic Bomgaars, and Dominic Sievert, all of Sheldon; and Jake Roos of Ashton, were transported to Trinity Regional Hospital in Fort Dodge. They were treated and released.

The semi driver was not injured.

The preliminary report from the State Patrol does not say how much damage the vehicles received.

The accident remains under investigation.