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Government

  • Kates Appointed To Vacant City Council Seat

    The Glenwood City Council is operating at full-strength once again.

    By a 2-1 vote, fellow council members appointed Don Kates to fill the vacant Ward 2 seat, previously held by Craig Florian.

  • City Council Serves Setback To Pickleball Project

    Members of the Southwest Iowa Pickleball Committee voiced disappointment and frustration last week after the Glenwood City Council failed to pass a motion calling for the city to contribute $10,000 toward a project that would turn the city’s dilapidated tennis courts on South Vine Street into a six-court pickleball complex.

  • Education Funding Addressed At Legislative Forum

    Funding for public education was a primary topic of discussion at the first Mills County legislative coffee of 2019 Saturday morning in Glenwood.

    District 12 State Sen. Mark Costello and District 23 State Rep. David Sieck, both Republicans, addressed an audience of 20 people at City Hall.

    Sieck, a Glenwood resident, said he’s encouraged by Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposed $7.6 billion state budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

  • Silver City Mayor, Council Seats Filled In Special Election

    Silver City’s municipal government will soon be operating at full strength again following a special election on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

    The position of mayor and four seats on the five-member city council were filled in the special election.

    Write-in candidate Paula Reeves defeated Sharon McNutt in the mayor’s race by a count of 23-18.
    Brett Christensen (39 votes), Danielle Calkins (34), Jason V.Young (33) and Rose Mary Schoening (31) were elected to the city council.

  • City Officials Interview Two Candidates For Vacant Council Seat

    The vacant Ward 2 seat on the Glenwood City Council is expected to be filled in February. The seat has been vacant since Craig Florian stepped down from the council on Dec. 31.

    Earlier this month, Mayor Ron Kohn, city clerk Amber Farnan and some members of the city council conducted open interview sessions with two Glenwood citizens who have expressed interest in the position - Julie Kalambokidis and Donnie Kates.

    The council could make an appointment at its next regular meeting on Feb. 12. The seat will be on the ballot in November’s municipal election.

  • Special Election Needed To Fill Silver City Council Seats

    A special election will take place in Silver City on Tuesday, Jan. 29, to elect a new mayor and four representatives to the city council.

    Until results of that election are canvassed by the Mills County Board of Supervisors, the city won’t have enough council members to conduct business as a municipal government.

  • Craig Florian Stepping Down From City Council

    Longstanding Glenwood city councilman Craig Florian is stepping down from his seat as the Ward 2 representative at the end of the month.

    Reading from a prepared statement at the Dec. 4 council meeting, Florian stated, “After 15 years, six mayors, numerous council members, thousands of motions and over 300 city council meetings, I have decided it’s time to call it a day.”

    Florian’s resignation will be effective Dec. 31.

  • Congresswoman-elect Makes Stop In Glenwood

    Glenwood residents had the opportunity to meet their new congresswoman Saturday afternoon.

    Around 30 people came out for a “meet and greet” with Cindy Axne, the West Des Moines Democrat who defeated Republican incumbent David Young in the November general election for Iowa’s District 3 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    “I’m humbled and honored to be your representative in D.C.,” Axne told her Glenwood audience.

  • Supervisor Seat Is Only Contested Courthouse Race

    There’s only one contested race in Mills County for a county courthouse position in Tuesday’s general election.
    Incumbent Republican Richard Crouch of Malvern is opposed by Libertarian Jay Anderson of rural Glenwood for a seat on the Mills County Board of Supervisors.

    In separate interviews with The Opinion-Tribune, Crouch and Anderson shared their views on several topics, including what their priorities will be if elected to a four-year term.

  • Mayor, Council Members Have Differing Views On Building Inspections

    It doesn’t appear the City of Glenwood will be hiring a private firm to conduct building inspections anytime soon.