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Possible Street Improvements Coming to Creston

Creston Public Works director Kevin Kruse gave a report to the city council at their meeting Tuesday regarding street improvements. He says there are no particular streets taking precedence over others, nor would everything happen at once.

Some of those areas included: E. Howard St. from the railroad tracks to Osage, S. Chestnut from the underpass to Taylor St., asphalt overlay from Cherry St. west to Sumner. There were nearly 15 areas listed in his report, and would take several million dollars for just the areas in his report.

Creston City Council Approves First Reading of Proposed Franchise Fees

At their Tuesday evening meeting, the Creston city council approved proposed gas and electric franchise fees, with a vote of 4-3. The new fee would be a gradual increase every year, ending up at 5 percent in 2020. The first part would be a two percent fee, beginning this October.

Council members Randy White, Marsha Wilson, Gary Lybarger, and Nancy Loudon voted in favor of the fees, and voting against were: Rich Madison, Ann Levine, and Dave Koets.

Before the vote, some of the public and business owners spoke on the issue, expressing negative thoughts toward the fees.

AEA Public Forum Set for February 10

The next step in the potential consolidation between Creston and Prescott Schools is the public hearing run by the AEA. This is set for February 10, 2015.

McDermott Explains Local Impact Regarding Iowa Dept. of Education's New Enforcement on School Dates

Creston School's Superintendent Steve McDermott gave his reaction and the local impact about the Iowa Department of Education's news on Friday about the new enforcement on school districts taking waivers to start school before the week of September 1.

He made it clear that this new enforcement will not affect the district in any large way. He says that it has always been a goal to start classes after the State Fair. For more information and to hear McDermott's full take, listen to Monday's news HERE.

All-New Website Look for Creston Schools

The Creston School District website has an all-new look, debuting on the web this week. Superintendent Steve McDermott said it was time for a change, and now it has more of a modern look.

If you want to check it out, the web address is: www.crestonschools.org.

Creston School Board Approves Consolidation Petition

At Monday night's regular meeting, the Creston school board approved the petition for consolidation with Prescott, that was discussed at the joint session earlier in the month.

Also, the special election for consolidation has been moved from February to April 7, 2015.

Joint School Board Meeting Held on Consolidation

Both Creston and Prescott school boards met in joint session last week to discuss details regarding the possible consolation between the districts. School name, number of board members of the new consolidation, also when and how those board members would take their spot were all topics of discussion at the meeting.

School Board Discussed Sale of Former AEA Building

During their regular meeting Monday night, the Creston school board discussed options for the former AEA building in Creston. It was suggested to tear it down and replace with additional tennis courts for SWCC.

Eventually, the board suggested to Superintendent Steve McDermott that the administration get in contact with SWCC to decide what will happen with the area.

Another Informational Meeting Held on Prescott/Creston CSD Merger

Just before the regular meeting of the Creston School Board Monday night, an informational meeting was held regarding the Prescott/Creston Schools merger. Superintendent Steve McDermott gave a handout to the attendees, and went through the basic information, if such a merger passed.

McDermott also explained the changes for tax levy rates at both Prescott and Creston, along with the existing staff at Prescott.

The next informational session is Monday, November 3. It will be held in Prescott, and starts at 6:30pm.

Union County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gives Update

Dennis Brown, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Union County, gave an update on the board's recent happenings. 

The Prairie Solid Waste area is currently under discussion as to who actually owns it. The supervisors are investigating so the proper owner can perform maintenance on the road.

Another topic discussed with Brown was CDL licensing for the Creston school's bus drivers. Superintendent Steve McDermott and Bob Beatty were in a recent meeting to discuss an easier way to license Creston's bus drivers.

Another topic was the GTSB grant Union County received. Brown says the $4,200 grant will be used to install cameras in the sheriff's cars.

Highway 92 Construction in Adair County

Scott Suhr, the District 4 Transportation Planner for the Iowa DOT gave an update on the road construction on highway 92 from the Adair/Cass county line to Greenfield.

He explains that it is in the middle stage of the process, and asks for the public's patience as the project gets completed.

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