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Ostrander discusses parking for events


Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

All members of the Ostrander City Council met in regular session on July 7. Following the approval of prior meeting minutes and payment of expenses, the council discussed parking for events such as Uff Da Days and ball games. Members reported that in past years, there have been problems when vehicles park too close to the houses near the ball park, and there have been instances of people walking through the home owners’ yards. Mayor Nesler said he’d taken pictures to help determine the best solution, and he suggested that at the end of the street, the city should “open that up, move the posts back, and add a graveled area for parking” so that vehicles wouldn’t block the home owners’ driveways. After further discussion, Mayor Nesler summarized, “We need the parking there, we’ll use it a lot” and he urged council members to consider options and come up with ideas to discuss at the next meeting.

Public Works Director Jimmie Dean addressed the council, saying that the sewer plant is working well, and he said McCarthy will come and pull the well on Tuesday (July 14). He said McCarthy is “pretty confident it will take just a day” so there should be no real problems with water being available.

Fire Chief Brian Milner updated the council on five new pagers which have been ordered for the fire department, and asked the council’s thoughts about planning for purchase of another pumper truck, as a back-up for the current pumper, and to help when two are needed. He said he’d seen a pumper for sale for about $10,000 and said, “It’s a 1992 model, pretty much like what we have now…Just something to think about”.

Police Chief Tom Mosher gave his monthly activity report, and highlighted the Potentially Dangerous Dog process, which he pointed out is a state law, not a city ordinance. He said it gives clear guidance for how to respond if dogs in the city are chasing people or behaving aggressively and not confined appropriately. Mosher also said his car’s radar was recently tested and recertified, which is required annually.

The council discussed getting a smartphone for the Clerk, so the city would have voicemail, but decided to take no action at this time. It was pointed out that for city emergencies, law enforcement can always be contacted. The council reviewed the mid-year budgetary numbers, which Mayor Nesler summarized stating, “We’re doing good so far”. Council members a .....
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Gerald “Jerry” D. Higgins

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Funeral services for Gerald “Jerry” D. Higgins, 69, of East Moline, IL, were at 10 A.M. Friday, June 5, 2015 at the Van Hoe Funeral Ltd., East Moline, IL. Burial took place at Rock Island National Cemetary. Visitation was 4:00-7:00 PM Thursday ..... 
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Ostrander water tower and well discussed

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

Ostrander City Council met in regular session on June 2. Members present were Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, clerk Chris Hyrkas, Heidi Jones, and DJ Start. The council went across the street, and dedicated a park bench at Lund Park in memory of Vin ..... 
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Letter about continuing the conversation of the Bible as “God’s Word”...

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Continuing the conversation of the Bible as “God’s Word,” Craig Earley’s recent letter seeks to justify God’s killing of humans for their “wickedness”. Let’s imagine our nation deciding to use the “Word of God” ..... 
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Ostrander Council considers repairs and upgrades

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

On April 7, all members of the Ostrander City Council were in attendance for a regular meeting. Jason Schahl (from the accounting firm of Smith Schafer & Associates) presented a summary of the 2014 financial audit conducted regarding the City of Os ..... 
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Letter about Aaron Swartzentruber’s Letter to the Editor...

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, Aaron Swartzentruber’s recent letter gives us insight into the mind of the fundamentalist, whether Christian or Muslim. These people pick and choose “God’s Word” to fit their agenda. For instance, does the average fundament ..... 
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Ostrander city council discuss funding for LeRoy-Ostrander school pool

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Features

The Ostrander city council met on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 for their regular meeting. Visitors included Mike Souhrada of LeRoy to discuss funding of the pool located within the LeRoy-Ostrander school. Souhrada explained a non-profit group raise ..... 
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Ostrander city council considers well repairs

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

A regular meeting of the Ostrander city council was held on November 18 at the Community Center. All council members were in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the consent agenda, including agenda, prior minutes, ..... 
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Wauneta Back

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Obituaries

Wauneta Back Funeral services for Wauneta Back were held 11 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ostrander, Minn. with Pastor Herman Bakker officiating. Burial took place in Bloomfield Cemetery. Visitation was held 3 p.m. - 6 ..... 
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