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Grant Funds Hawkins Library DVD Carts

Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has been awarded to Hawkins Memorial Library. As a result of the grant, the library has new mobile DVD carts that make it easier for patrons to browse the many DVD titles available for checkout. The grant was presented in conjunction with LPC Connect, who sponsored the grant application. Aureon, the new name for Iowa Network Services, created the grant program in 1993 to increase service and support to rural independent telecommunications companies and the communities they serve. The Aureon Charity Grant Program awards grants on a quarterly basis. Over the course of twelve years, Aureon has donated over $850,000 to local communities and their surrounding areas. Each proposal that is chosen by our Grant Committee reflects the organization’s enthusiasm for serving their communities.

2017 Vacation Bible School: Passport to Peru

La Porte City area churches welcome children to the 2017 community-wide Vacation Bible School.
“Passport to Peru” will take place July 16-20, 2017. The event is being organized by American Lutheran Church, Heartland Community Church, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Heartland Community Church will be the site host this year.
All children ages 3 years old through completion of 5th grade are invited to attend. Older children and adults are welcome as helpers.
Mark your calendars now, and watch for more information on this exciting, Bible-centered adventure to another land!

LPC Utilities’ Audit Released

Ridihalgh, Fuelling, Snitker, Weber, & Co. CPA’s today released an audit report on the La Porte City Utilities, La Porte City, Iowa for the year ended June 30, 2016.
The Utilities’ receipts totaled $2,495,848 for the year ended June 30, 2016, a 3% decrease from the prior year. The receipts included $2,437,835 in charges for service, miscellaneous operating receipts of $55,502, $500 of rental income, $2,011 of interest on investments.
Disbursements for the year ended June 30, 2016 totaled $2,424,431, a 6% decrease from the prior year, and included operating disbursements of $1,776,117, debt service of $375,215 and capital outlay of $273,099.
The decrease in receipts and disbursements from the prior year was largely due to the utility receiving loan proceeds for capital outlay disbursements.
A copy of the audit report is available for review in the office of the La Porte City Utilities, in the office of Auditor of State and on the Auditor of State’s web site at

Council Tables Action on Dog Park

A decision on a proposed dog park in La Porte City will be revisited during the next meeting of the City Council on February 27. The City’s Parks and Recreation Commission recommended the project, estimated to cost $15,500, be funded from park improvement reserves. At last week’s meeting, the Council reviewed the cost estimates associated with two separate fenced areas that would be located east of the ball diamonds on 8th Street; a 12,000 square foot area for large dogs and a 6,500 square foot space for smaller dogs.
The preliminary discussion revealed differing opinions on the merits of a dog park in La Porte City. Mayor Neil stated that he did not think there was a need for a dog park. Council member Sadler stated that amenities such as a dog park are what makes communities attractive to families. Council member Harrill questioned the workload associated with maintaining the park, expressing concerns about the Public Works Department’s existing workload.
In other action, the Council reviewed three bids based on current usage for the City’s residential and commercial garbage and recycling. The Council will award the bid at their Febraury 27 meeting.

Hawkeye Helps with the Heavy Lifting

An information session on the upcoming 10-day Heavy Equipment Operator Training for women and minorities is Monday, February 27, from 1-3 PM at IowaWORKS Cedar Valley, 3420 University Ave., Waterloo.
Classes will begin Monday, March 13, 2017, from 8 AM-4:30 PM at Hawkeye’s Regional Transportation Training Center, 6433 Hammond Ave., Waterloo. An Iowa Department of Transportation grant is making this entry-level equipment operator training free to qualifying individuals. This interactive, hands-on training includes learning how to complete equipment safety inspections, how to use personal protective gear, safe operation of heavy equipment, and workplace safety principles. Trainees will learn using a combination of driving simulators and actual equipment, including wheel loaders, dump trucks, six-wheel trucks, forklifts, and skid steer loaders.
Entry-level construction workers make approximately $28,000 annually in Iowa. Currently, Iowa has approximately an 11 percent job demand increase in this field.
For more information, call 319-235-2123 or visit


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