Council discusses county solid waste/recycling site at meeting

September 20, 2017

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The Hendricks City Council discussed the solid waste and recycling site.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council discussed the county’s solid waste and recycling site during their Monday, Sept. 18 meeting.
The location of the dumpsters has been much discussed the past year at both the city and county level since the removal from the original location at the request of the city and Hendricks EDA due to the development of land near them into the Kings Court Subdivision…

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Commissioners approve preliminary plat for Shaokatan development

September 14, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
During the Sept. 5 meeting, Robert Olsen of the Lincoln County Environmental Office spoke to the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners regarding a subdivision on Lake Shaokatan. Olsen was requesting the approval of a preliminary plat, as the same had already been approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.
Olsen said the public had a chance for input and questions, with a favorable result. However, there was a question regarding excavating for a boat ramp. Olsen is working with the landowner and coming up with alternatives.

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EDA has new program to assist daycares

September 14, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Due to the Monday holiday, the Hendricks City Council met Tuesday, Sept. 5. During the meeting, City Administrator David Blees provided an EDA update, saying a daycare is changing locations thanks to assistance provided through a new program the EDA created that helps with starting or enhancing a daycare. Blees said those applying could be eligible for up to $3,000.
The twin homes on Mueller Drive are being surveyed, a necessary step in completing the purchase agreement…

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Council continues to review budget, construction updates

August 24, 2017

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The Hendricks City Council reviews the proposed 2018 budget.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council continues to review the budget for 2018. They will approve the preliminary levy at their next meeting on Sept. 5, and continue to review until they set the final levy in December.
City Administrator David Blees provided a construction update on the Lincoln Street Utility Project. Crews have completed utility work in the two blocks near the school and are moving on toward the hospital.

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County Commissioners hold special meeting to discuss potential litigation

August 24, 2017

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

A special meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners was held Monday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. for the purpose of discuss­ing potential litigation stemming from a protest that occurred related to the bid opening for the box culvert project on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
On Monday morning, Lincoln County Attorney Glen Petersen told the Board of Commissioners that he had received com­munication from the at­torney of Qualm Construc­tion, Inc., the party that is protesting the results of the bid opening.

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LCEDC asks county commissioners for increase in their 2018 budget

August 24, 2017

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Vince Robinson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise Development Corporation (LCEDC), spoke to the Lincoln County Commissioners last Tuesday providing an update on LCEDC activities and presenting their 2018 budget request.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners heard from Vince Rob­inson and John Engels, representing the Lincoln County Enterprise De­velopment Corporation (LCEDC). They reviewed the projects and services provided by the LCEDC and their importance, and where staff time is spent. Robinson presented the 2018 budget request of $58,000. Last year’s bud­get request was $52,000, but the board kept the amount appropriation at $45,000. Robinson and Engels explained that the LCEDC’s reserves are de­pleted, and they would like the Board of Commission­ers to consider appropriat­ing the requested amount. The Board of Commission­ers is currently reviewing the budget for 2018, and took the request under consideration.
Robinson requested the approval of the submission of the Hole-in-the-Moun­tain Master Plan, which was approved by unani­mous consent.

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Council hears ambulance proposal

August 9, 2017

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Hendricks Ambulance Coordinator Dave McCormick spoke to the Hendricks City Council during their Aug. 7 meeting about the need for a new ambulance.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
The Hendricks City Council heard from Hendricks Ambulance Coordinator Dave McCormick, who spoke to the council regarding the plan to replace the ambulance with an updated model.
McCormick provided the council with a list of reasons why the service would like to replace the ambulance, citing patient comfort and the ability to communicate with the patients as priorities…

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County will not be turning over roads to the townships at this time

July 27, 2017

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Several Lincoln County Township Supervisors were on hand at the July 18 meeting of the Lincoln County Commissioners to oppose a plan put forth to turn several miles of county roads over to the townships.

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail. com

Several Lincoln County township supervisors were on hand at the Tues­day, July 18 meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners to object to the proposal to turn about 50 miles of county roads back to the town­ships.
Lincoln County Engi­neer Dave Halbersma had sent a letter in early July asking the townships of their opinions of the plan to turn the roads back to the townships. The plan would save the county money by spending fewer man-hours on mainte­nance of those roads, and, once a highway depart­ment employee retired, to not replace that person.

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Lincoln County Veterans Services receives donated handicap van

July 20, 2017

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Lincoln County VSO Dan Kuss demonstrates the lift seat in the handicap-accessible van the county received for the veterans. The van also has a wheelchair lift.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Lincoln County Veterans Ser­vices was chosen by Newgate School, located in the Twin Cit­ies, as the recipient of a handi­cap-accessible van to be used for transportation of county veter­ans to VA Medical Centers. The van had been donated to New­gate School, who, after making sure the van was mechanically sound and detailed like new, in turn donated the van to Lincoln County veterans at the annual Dennis Kirk Patriot Ride, which they help sponsor.
The van is a 2007 Ford E350 XLT Superduty, with just 32,000 miles on it. It features a wheel­chair lift, and one of the rear pas­senger captain’s chairs works as a lift chair that swings out and down via an electronic control to aid those who cannot step up into the van.

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Construction on Lincoln Street continues

July 20, 2017

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer @gmail.com

City Administrator David Blees provided an update on the Lincoln Street utility project dur­ing the Monday, July 17 meeting of the Hendricks City Council.
Construction has be­gun on the east end of Lincoln Street; tempo­rary water lines have been placed and two of the blocks have been milled. The crews will complete those two blocks, putting them to gravel before continuing on further east toward the hospital. The entire street will be closed to traffic; hospital and clinic traffic is rerouted to Gar­field Street. Signs will be placed.

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