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La Porte City Area Garage Sales – September 20, 2014

Zone A – No Listings
Zone B
117 Palmer Dr. Thu & Fri. 5:30-7 PM & Sat. 7:30 AM-1 PM. Lots of random miscellaneous, bikes, outdoor toys, Thirty One, household, some clothes, toys, shoes, books. Rain or shine.
14 Bruce Ln. Clark Family Garage Sale Sat. 9 AM-3 PM. Features bicycles, full size bed frames, furniture, household goods, bedding, clothes and tools.
16 Bruce Ln. Ehlers Fri. 3-7 & Sat. 7-Noon. Kids, junior and adult clothes, winter coats, jewelry, toys, quilt rack, lots of miscellaneous.
19 Bruce Ln. Men’s Toys  Sat. 8 AM-2 PM. Tools, Lee gun loading equip, bullet molds, sinker molds, shell casings (16 & 20 gauge), Trindl 55017 arc torch for welder, leather working tools, guitar, young womens clothes, much misc. All clothes $1/bag after 12:00.
206 Case Rd. Harkness Fri. 8-6 & Sat. 8-3. Egg rolls, crab rangoon, fried rice, pancit (we take orders and can have frozen), clothing & misc.
306 W. Main St. Bader-Barnhart Sat. 8-?. Many household items, something for everyone. Priced to move – come take a look.
203 Valley Dr. Multi-Family Sale Fri. & Sat. 9 AM-2 PM. Womens clothes S-XL, mens clothes S-XL, boys clothes sz. 8 & 14/16, girls sz. 4-6x, baby clothes, toys, WWE wrestling figures, toys, loveseat, tools, lots of misc.
Zone C
217 Main (Sunshine Florals) – Fri & Sat 9-2.  Neon Open/Closed sign, rocking chair, old hutch, 8’ tables, adding machine, men’s clothes, home and holiday decor and lots of misc.
City Parking Lot (across from Fire Station) Sat. 8-2. Hanson. Pumpkins and other fall goodies. Back at our old spot in the City Parking Lot – come visit!
701 Locust St. Elliott Sat. Fri. 6-8 PM & Sat. 7 AM-Noon.Discovery toys, Scentsy, Thirty-One, teaching supplies, clothes: boys 4T-5T, Girls 10-12, Juniors-Womens, young mens; toys, household items, tools, corn stove, and a lot more.
407 Bishop Ave. Thu. 4-7 PM, Fri. 8-11 AM & Noon-7 PM, & Sat. 8-Noon. Boys clothes infant-2T, girls clothes infant-4 and more.
705 Bishop Ave. Heartland Community Church  Sat.8-11 AM.
Breakfast burritos and sandwiches – stop curbside drive thru or park and come inside to enjoy breakfast with a friend. All proceeds will go to Sierre Leone, Africa to help build a pineapple farm.
404 Maple Street  Sat. 7:30-1:30. Multiple families, infant car seat, play mat, kerosene heater, women’s clothes, few tools, collectible items, nice dishes, dolls, lots to look at!
609 Sycamore St. Gross  Sat.8 AM-1 PM. Garage Sale/Open House – no clothes, mostly household goods.
504 Walnut St.  Sat.8 AM-3 PM. Kids’ bikes, clothes: boys 3-5T, girls 6-8, plus size, maternity, snow pants & coats, scrubs; toys, household, lots of misc.
509 Walnut St. Pennell Fri. 4-7 PM & Sat.8 AM-5 PM. Baby girl clothes newborn to 12 month, baby girl headbands, shoes and boots, cute maternity clothes, women’s clothes and shoes, men’s clothes, boys clothes up to size 8, toys, and MORE!
1022 Poplar Sat. 8 AM-3 PM. Beer mirrors & lights, camp grill, lb. bookcase, DVDs, DVD player, TV collector DVD sets, DVD recorder, microwave, electric snow thrower, 22LR ammo, portable satellite dish w/tripod, vintage cradle, pots & pans, and much more.
1106 Jackson St.  Multi-family HUGE Sale  Thu, Fri & Sat. 8 AM-6 PM  Child’s saddle, camper, hardware, tools, housewares, barn wood, other lumber, music, auto accessories, lawn & garden, furniture, clothing, bikes, misc.
1112 Jackson St.  Huge Garage Sale  Fri. 4-6 PM & Sat. 7 AM-2 PM  Christmas and Halloween decorations, tools, 2 Harley helmets, air compressor hose, baskets, children and adult clothing, housewares and much misc. Most items are a quarter, all others are priced to sell!
806 Benton St.  Henson  Sat. 8 AM-3 PM  Girls/teen clothing, shoes, Hawkeye lamp, misc. knack knacks
Zone D
806 3rd St. Huge Garage Sale Fri. 4-7 PM & Sat. 8 AM-4 PM. Home decor, housewares, DVDs, electronics, toys, clothing, purses, shoes, jewelry, holiday, furniture, goodies & lots of misc.
104 Cedar St. Strubel’s Windows & Exteriors Sat. 7 AM-1 PM. 7 sets new Anderson twin single-hung white windows – 75”x56”, 4-Anderson patio doors, many other new windows including Anderson 9’x5’ DH/PW/DH, many squares of vinyl siding in various colors, Dixon zero turn riding lawn mower, Sears 5hp air compressor, Diego 6hp go cart w/roll cage and more.
324 6th St. Multi-family Sale Fri. 1-6 PM & Sat. 7 AM-2 PM. Women’s and men’s clothes, boys and girls clothes, microwave, cart, air conditioner, some Christmas stuff, lots of misc.

Banned Books: Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014, is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

La Porte City to Update Comprehensive Plan

The City of La Porte City has contracted with Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) to update its Comprehensive Plan.  The Comprehensive Plan guides decision-making related to the city’s future development and growth, typically over a 10-20 year period of time.
The process of updating the Comprehensive Plan is carried out by a task force consisting of citizens representing a broad spectrum of the community. The task force will collect information on current conditions and identify current and future development trends and needs. This information will then be used to develop goals and action strategies that can serve as a future road map for development.
The task force will hold meetings on three Wednesday evenings in the coming weeks- on Sept. 24th, Oct. 15th and 29th. The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at the Community Center and begin at 6:30 PM.
Information gathered as a result of the task force meetings will be compiled and presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review and consideration. Once a draft plan that incorporates city goals and objectives has been finalized, it will be presented to the City Council for approval and adoption.
Individuals who would like to serve on the task force or would like additional information about the Comprehensive Plan should contact City Hall at (319) 342-3396.

La Porte City Council Proceedings – September 8, 2014

Prior to its regularly scheduled meeting on September 8, 2014, the City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met for a work session to discuss the Main Street rehabilitation project.  Those present were Mayor David Neil, Council members Eric Allsup, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson, Brent Sadler and Jacob Huck from MSA Professional Services.  The group discussed the possibility doing the rehabilitation of the 200 block of Main as a stand-alone project.  Huck estimated the cost for the 200 block to be approximately $582,000. This would include roadway construction, storm sewer, water main, sidewalks and lighting.  The cost would be shared with La Porte City Utilities as well as possible special assessments to property owners for sidewalks.  The roadway construction would utilize the existing bricks by removing, cleaning and reinstalling them in the roadway.
Following the work session, the City Council then met in regular session. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Eric Allsup, Sarah Craft, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler present. Absent was Council Members Todd Butler. Also present were Jen Sparks and Wes Gardner.
Wes Gardner spoke to the Council about his request to eliminate excavation permit deposit. The City currently requires a $500 deposit and a $25 permit fee for contractors working in the right of way.  Gardner told the Council that he is required to have a $5,000 bond to do excavation work in the City right of way.  Because of this, he doesn’t think that the deposit is necessary.  Mayor Neil expressed concern that if a contractor doesn’t perform the work, the City would have to pursue reimbursement from the insurance company, possibly involving legal fees. The Council tabled action until more information could be gathered.
Gerry Jacobsen was hired for the Public Works Department. Jacobsen has been employed as a seasonal employee, but will move to permanent, full-time effective September 11, 2014.
The Council discussed changing traffic controls at the intersection of Commercial and Main, where a stop light currently exists.  The discussion included conversation regulating traffic with two-way or four-way stop signs. Craft expressed concern about pedestrian traffic crossing Commercial Street (U.S. Hwy. 218).  Allsup  was concerned about speeds on Highway 218 at the intersection, as well as traffic exiting Tootsies onto the highway.  Johnson indicated that if the City were to keep the lights, he would like to see sensors put in so that the lights respond to traffic patterns. If not, he would prefer a four-way stop.  Allsup suggested that at slow traffic times, the lights could be switched to flashing.  City staff will check in to other options for the intersection.
In other business, the Council ordered sidewalk repairs at 804 Sycamore. Mayor Neil will send out the repair order.
New assignments to Council Committees were announced by Mayor Neil, with the first name listed to serve as the committee chairperson.
Finance/Economic Development: Johnson/Allsup; Legislation/Personnel: Butler/Craft; Public Safety: Craft/Butler; Public Works: Sadler/Johnson; Parks & Recreation:    Allsup/Sadler

Freckles’ Adopt-a-Pet – September 17, 2014

My name is Sassy and I came to the shelter as a stray. I am around 4 years old and not yet spayed. I am a very large girl, but very sweet. I keep to myself in the cat rooms, but don’t have a problem with any of the cats. I can’t wait to find a new home! I promise I won’t take up too much room! My adoption fee is $55 + a $50 deposit that will be refunded upon proof of spay.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society
1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887


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