Several pieces of official business were approved to move the city into 2019 during the January council meeting. Among the items to go before the council were the mileage rate for the city, official publications and mayor committee appointments for the coming year.
The mileage rate for 2018 was $.54 per mile. The recommended and approved 2019 rate increases the amount by four cents to $.58 per mile. That rate corresponds to the maximum allowable rate as established by the Internal Revenue Service.
Official publications for the city include The Prairie City News and the Newton Daily News. Depositories for Prairie City are Great Western Bank of Prairie City, IPAIT of Des Moines and First State Bank of Colfax.
Mayoral appointments took up the bulk of the work and covered the board of adjustment, the planning and zoning commission, the park board, the community celebration commission, the economic development board, the library board, the Hometown Pride board and the ambulance and fire departments.
“It is something that is very beneficial to the town to have local volunteers who want to take part in the communty and the organizations to make Prairie City a better place,” city administrator Joe Bartello said.
Making up the board of adjustment is Larry Ross, Larry Wenthe, Paul Ponder, Jim Bright and Dean Taylor. The planning and zoning commission is Claire Williams, Terri Rosonke, Eric Imerman, Steven Williams and Mike Dalton. The park board consists of Tammy Ford, Natalie Owens, Scott Steenhoek, Tom Schendel, Brent Berger and John Lee and Christy Lindsay as council representatives.
Terri Rosonke, Stacie Alleger, Teyona Steenhoek and Stephanie Clark along with council representatives Chad Alleger and Lindsay sit on the community celebration commission. Alleger, Lee, Lindsay and Bartello are also council representatives for the economic development board along with members Kirsten Emmack, Katherine McClure, Max Keuning, Deb Townsend and Mason Nichols.
The library board, which is currently working to expand the existing building, is Ginny Dalton, Linda Frazier, Arnie Sohn, Jennifer Ladehoff and Lindsay at the council representative. Councilwoman Dianne Taylor, Bartelloand Alleger represent the council on the Hometown Pride Board along with citizens Tony Ladehoff, Linda Frazier, Sue Ponder, Kirsten Weiland and Joan Vangorp.
For the Fire Department and Ambulance crews, Ryan Van Der Kamp serves as fire chief with Tony Mosher assistant chief, Gene Hadsall as captain and Erick Van Der Kamp as lieutenant. Cody Wenthe is the director for the ambulance crew with Dan Riermersma assistant director, Mandi Bright secretary, John Lee safety and Jody Van Der Kamp training.
Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org