September 17, 2014

Left: Crowned GFW HomecomingRoyalty on Monday evening was King Leighton Messner and Queen Lindsay Miller. Homecoming festivities continue throughout the week. (Staff photo by Denise Bonsack)

Right: Cedar Mountain High School held their Variety Show and Homecoming Coronation on Monday evening at the high school. The royal court includes, bottom row from left: Devyn Haala and Marlie Wildt. Middle row: Sydney Kerkhoff, Andrea Ochs, Queen Courtney Nelsen and Haidee Wersal. Back row: Adam Fischer, Collin Nestande, King Chandler Steffensmeier, and Seth Madsen. (Photo by Jody Rose)

Fairfax City Council discusses streets project

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Fairfax City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m.

The city council discussed the different streets in need of repair. The Street Committee submitted four stretches of streets throughout the city that are in the worst shape. An estimate for those sections total $542,687.88.

Other street segments in need of repair were thrown into the conversation. The council did not come to a conclusion on which streets to repair but did agree on a cost to include in the budget. The council approved $550,000 for the streets and requested the Streets Committee come back with recommendations on what streets should be repaired.

The 2014 levy, collectible in 2015, was approved. City Clerk Marcia Seibert-Volz noted that it is a slight increase due to an increase of the debt service. A public hearing for comments from residents is scheduled for December 9 at 7 p.m.

Frontier Bar and Lounge Manager Kaitlyn Fredrickson requested an exception be made to the maximum accrual comp time policy.

Due to recent staff turnover, Fredrickson said she has no choice but to work overtime because there is no one to cover the shifts.

The council questioned whether there were any applicants or current employees that could potentially do bookwork or work more hours to alleviate this problem. Fredrickson reported that most of the current employees have other full time jobs so they are unable to but she just hired someone she thinks will be able to help if given the proper time and training.

The council approved the request for Fredrickson to continue to accrue comp time up to 80 hours until November 15. Mayor Doug Pomplun wanted to be clear this was for an emergency situation.

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Franklin City Council grants funds to community group

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Franklin City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 8 at 7 p.m.

To start things off, the council approved Michael Sandmann’s application to build an oversized garage. The Planning Commission unanimously approved the plans for the structure, which will replace an old structure.

Bryan Pederson and Scott Nissen were present as representatives of the Franklin Community Development Corporation. They were requesting funds from the city to keep the organization functioning effectively. The Community Development Corporation is similar to an EDA, which Franklin does not have.

Pederson and Nissen listed projects the Community Development Corporation has had a hand in including remodeling the tennis park shelter. They are also in charge of the raffle at Catfish Derby Days with the majority of the raised funds given back to the city.

The Community Development Corporation also acts as a liaison for businesses interested in coming to Franklin. Pederson and Nissen reported that two businesses have recently expressed interest in coming to Franklin.

They noted that although the Community Development Corporation does not always supply a lot of the money for certain projects, they do a lot of the legwork such as finding grants.

Pederson noted that just with the group’s existence, Franklin is eligible for certain grants that they wouldn’t be if the group didn’t exist. He also noted that the Community Development Corporation has not come before the council in years to ask for money because they have been able to get by on other limited funds.

The council agreed to give the Community Development Corporation $1,500 from a remaining 2013 fund allotted for tourism and economic development, as well as remaining 2014 budgeted dollars at the end of the year.

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September 10, 2014

Fairfax “Shop Local” awards first winner!

Fairfax EDA member Sara Waibel (left) and Tammy Weiben (right) present Agnes Mathiowetz (center) with her check for $50 in Fairfax Dollars. (Staff photo by Amy Berg)

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

The Fairfax EDA (Economic Development Authority) is happy to announce Agnes Mathiowetz is the August “Shop Local” winner! The prize is $50 in Fairfax Dollars.

To be entered in the drawing, a customer must spend a minimum of $50 at a participating business and drop a slip with their information on it into the Shop Local box. Customers are eligible to do this each time they spend $50 at Shop Local businesses throughout the month.

Mathiowetz became eligible for the August drawing by shopping at Maynard’s.

At the end of the month, the businesses turn their slips over to the EDA and a name gets drawn at the monthly meeting.

EDA member Sara Waibel reported that the entries filled over half of a banker’s box, which they were very happy about.

“We were also surprised at the number of businesses that turned in entries,” Waibel said.

Waibel said they assumed Maynard’s would be a big contributor being a grocery store, but they were pleasantly surprised with the variety of businesses that had entries.

August was the program’s first month. Shop Local is slated to run through December and then the EDA will evaluate the results and move from there.

The idea behind the program is, “By shopping in Fairfax, not only are you supporting your own property values, you’re ‘investing’ in the local businesses and our community.”

Look for the Shop Local boxes on Fairfax businesses’ counters. The EDA reported there are 24 businesses participating in the program.

Congratulations Agnes Mathiowetz!

Gibbon Firemen’s Street Dance is

quickly approaching

By Amy Berg, Staff Writer

Mark Saturday, September 13 on your calendar, folks! The Gibbon Firemen’s Dance and Royalty Coronation takes place that night, and fun is in store for all.

The Gibbon Royalty coronation begins at 7 p.m. on Main Street (First Avenue) to kick off the festivities. 

Immediately following the coronation, ‘Girls Nite Out’ will provide music and entertainment for the street dance.

If you haven’t purchased your raffle tickets yet, talk to one of the Gibbon firemen. They can hook you up! A $5 ticket buys you a chance to win cash prizes. The raffle drawing will take place during the coronation.

Show up hungry because the Gibbon Sportsmen’s Club will be frying up hamburgers and fries. And the popcorn wagon will be around for a delicious snack. Not to worry if all this food makes you thirsty - there will be a beer wagon at the street dance as well. 

Outgoing royalty Jamie Laabs and Jessica Bode took on one last quest before they relinquish their roles. They are asking that people bring items for an Operation Gratitude collection drive.

Operation Gratitude is an organization that sends care packages to deployed troops, veterans, wounded warriors, and their caregivers. Items needed include socks, toothpaste, beef jerky, stationery, energy bars, and trail mix.

Items can be placed in boxes, which will be clearly marked and set throughout the street dance grounds.

Come support the Gibbon Fire Department! Hope to see you there!