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Today's News

  • FM additions taking shape, on schedule

    The Fremont-Mills Community School District’s early childhood development and auditorium addition is on schedule for a January 2018 completion, according to Superintendent Dr. Chris Herrick.

    Work on the project broke ground last November with a $5.6 million budget. Since that original bid letting, the cost of the project has actually risen to $6 million with the addition of a safe room and a classroom and a 200-stall paved parking lot on the former softball field parcel.

  • School district comfortable taking on additional debt

    The refinancing of bonds over the past five years is not only saving Glenwood Community School District taxpayers nearly $1.2 million in interest payments, but it will also allow for a faster payoff of the district’s remaining debt for the construction of Glenwood Community High School, which opened in 2009.

  • ‘Confidential’ report sheds more light on GRC investigation

    A 34-page report made public last week shed more light on the abuse and neglect of 20 clients at the Glenwood Resource Center. The report was written by a private, medical care-based consulting firm hired by the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS).

  • County budget going up $2.7 million in 2017-18

    Mills County’s proposed budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year will be up for discussion at a public hearing Tuesday, March 14, at 10 a.m.

    The hearing, to be held in the Mills County Board of Supervisors meeting room at the county courthouse, will be open for public comment on the county’s proposed $23.4 million budget.

  • GMU taking on major water main projects in 2017

    Glenwood Municipal Utilities (GMU) has begun an extensive water main replacement project on Coolidge Street, between Hazel and Grove.

    The two-block long project involves the replacement of a water main that was installed nearly 80 years ago.
    Dave Malcom, assistant supervisor for the water department, said the 2-inch cast iron line is being replaced with 6-inch ductile iron pipe. The project includes the installation of 15 connector lines to the shut-off valves on individual properties. Shut-off valves will be replaced if necessary.

  • City Raising Property Tax Levy

    As expected, the city of Glenwood is raising its property tax levy and moving forward with the implementation of utility franchise fees as a means of generating revenue to cover expected expenses in its general fund budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

  • School district asking taxpayers to fund athletic complex upgrade

    The Glenwood Community School District is putting the prospect of a potential $5 to $6 million overhaul of the Glenwood Athletic Complex to a vote of the people.

    In a resolution unanimously approved by the Glenwood Board of Directors at last Monday’s monthly meeting, the district will ask voters to approve additional funds from a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) consisting of a tax on all taxable property in the school district to pay for the improvements.

  • Legislative briefing attracts overflow crowd

    Concerns about a controversial bill passed last week in the Iowa Legislature that reduces the bargaining power of many public employee unions attracted an overflow crowd to the city council chambers at Glenwood City Hall Saturday morning for a legislative briefing with State Rep. David Sieck (R-Glenwood) and State. Sen. Mark Costello (R-Imogene).
        The content and potential consequences of the legislation dominated discussion at the two-hour public forum.

  • City looking at raising tax levy, implementing franchise fees to meet budget

    As they finalize the City of Glenwood’s budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, city council members are taking a serious look at raising the city’s property tax levy and implementing franchise fees on MidAmerican Energy and Black Hills Energy customers as a means of generating revenue needed to meet an annual operating shortfall of around $300,000.

  • Former GRC employees facing neglect charges

    Six former Glenwood Resource Center (GRC) employees were arrested last week as result of a nearly three-month investigation by the Glenwood Police Department into the abuse and neglect of clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the state-operated facility.