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Government

  • City Hall Bid Process Reopened

         It’s back to the drawing board for the city of Glenwood when it comes to selecting a general contractor for the first phase of renovations at the former Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints building on the southeast corner of Town Square.
        The building will eventually serve as the new City Hall - housing administrative staff, city council chambers, the Glenwood Municipal Utilities offices and the Glenwood Police Department.

  • Going Green: City-County Recycling Dilemma

    Plastic bottles blow and tumble in the April winds. Tin cans spill out of the mouth of a 20-foot steel box. Soggy cardboard sprouts from puddles. Scraps of paper, smudged remnants of junk mail and newspapers, litters the gravel lot. The smell, slightly less than that of garbage, festers in the air.

        No, it’s not a landfill.
        It’s the Glenwood Recycling Center.

  • Promoting Financial Literacy

    Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds paid a visit to Glenwood's West Elementary School last Wednesday to get a first-hand look at the school’s Ram Savings Bank and to promote a statewide financial literacy initiative.

        The governor has signed a proclamation declaring April as Financial Literacy Month in Iowa.

  • Jail Bond Issue Vote Likely

        It’s extremely likely Mills County residents will be asked to approve a bond issue Aug. 7, possibly for $6.2 - $6.5 million, for the construction of a new law enforcement facility that would house the county sheriff’s office and jail.

  • Primary Election Field Set

          It’s safe to say the outcome of the June 5 Republican Party primary election in Mills County will go a long way in determining who gets elected to the positions of county auditor, county sheriff and a pair of seats on the board of supervisors in the November general election. That’s because the Democratic Party will have no candidates for these offices on its primary election ballot.

  • Golf Carts On The Street

    There wasn’t a big line. In fact, there was no line. But Tim O’Connor still wanted to be the first one in it.

        O’Connor was the first Glenwood resident to seek and be granted a permit to drive his golf cart on Glenwood’s residential streets last week. Last October, Glenwood’s City Council approved an ordinance to allow citizens to operate golf carts on city streets, with a vehicle safety check and a special permit.
        The new ordinance goes into affect April 1.

  • Stormy Spring In The Forecast?

    Making note of the tornadoes and severe weather that has already caused substantial damage in the South and other areas of the Midwest this year, Gov. Terry Branstad urged Iowans on Monday to begin preparing for the upcoming severe weather season.

    Branstad said Iowans should have a plan in place for potential severe weather. He also encouraged Iowa residents to put together emergency kits containing items like food, bottled water and first-aid supplies.

    Branstad’s recommendations are echoed by Mills County Emergency Management Coordinator Larry Hurst.

  • Vicious Animal Laws Needed?

         A Pacific Junction mother whose daughter was bitten by a dog that had recently bitten a neighbor is wondering why Mills County isn’t doing more to prevent vicious dog attacks.
        Mills County does not have any criminal statutes for vicious animals or dog bites currently on the books.

  • New Home For Public Health

    It’s been a smooth transition for employees at Mills County Public Health (MCPH) as they get settled in at their new location on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center.

         In January, MCPH made the short move across campus to a four-level building at 212 Independence. The building previously housed offices for the Area Education Agency.

  • Snow Emergency In Glenwood

    Mayor Kimberly Clark has proclaimed a snow emergency for the City of Glenwood. 

    With this proclamation no person shall park, abandon or leave unattended any vehicle on any public street or City-owned parking lot, other than designated overnight parking areas. 

    The snow emergency parking ban shall continue from its proclamation through the duration of the snowstorm and the 24-hour period after cessation of such, or until the snow is plowed or removed from such areas.