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Street Improvements Coming to 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
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.
Council Approves First Reading of
Proposed Franchise Fees
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
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
the vote, some of the public and
business owners spoke on the issue,
expressing negative thoughts toward the
Public Forum Set for February 10
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.
Explains Local Impact Regarding Iowa
Dept. of Education's New Enforcement
on School Dates
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
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.
Website Look for Creston Schools
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.
you want to check it out, the web
address is: www.crestonschools.org.
Board Approves Consolidation Petition
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.
the special election for consolidation
has been moved from February to April 7,
Board Meeting Held on Consolidation
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
Board Discussed Sale of Former AEA
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
the board suggested to Superintendent
Steve McDermott that the administration
get in contact with SWCC to decide what
will happen with the area.
Informational Meeting Held on
Prescott/Creston CSD Merger
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
also explained the changes for tax levy
rates at both Prescott and Creston,
along with the existing staff at
next informational session is Monday,
November 3. It will be held in Prescott,
and starts at 6:30pm.
County Board of Supervisors Chairman
Brown, Chairman of the Board of
Supervisors for Union County, gave an
update on the board's recent
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.
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.
topic was the GTSB grant Union County
received. Brown says the $4,200 grant
will be used to install cameras in the
Construction in Adair County
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
explains that it is in the middle stage
of the process, and asks for the
public's patience as the project gets