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Wed
12
Aug

Hampton to work on enforcing new property abatement policy

Hampton village board members voted Monday to begin implementing a new nuisance abatement ordinance, which was approved last summer and then set aside while focus shifted to the city hall project.
Board chairman Dane Schafer reported that a group of citizens has expressed renewed concern with some local properties they feel may be not up to code, if not unsafe.

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Wed
12
Aug

County begins finalizing budget plans

County commissioners moved one step closer Monday to finalizing a preliminary budget for the coming year, reviewing projected departmental totals which would, if approved as listed, add up to a 2.63 percent increase over the current year.
Citing a goal to complete budget discussions next week, commission chairman John Thomas said it’s time to begin locking in the year’s financial plan.

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Thu
06
Aug

Aurora bus routes

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This year’s city and county bus routes for Aurora Public Schools have changed slightly. The boundary line to pick up in town will now start on 12th Street instead of 9th Street. The rural routes have one change as MiniBus No. 5 will provide morning services to Stockham and Bus No. 9 will provide the afternoon services. All of the bus numbers are the same, according to Gerad Olsen, transportation director for Aurora Public Schools.

Wed
05
Aug

One bid received for county road 911 signs

Sealed bid for 911 signs, brackets and poles were requested and one was received during Monday’s Hamilton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Wed
05
Aug

Diversion program offered to juveniles in the county

At the June 13 meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, Jannelle Seim, juvenile justice resource supervisor for District 5 probation, asked for the board’s approval of the three-year community plan that Hamilton County provides to the crime commission in order to access community-based aid for use on juvenile programs.

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Wed
05
Aug

Summer camp aims to teach animal science

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Barking and children’s laughter could be heard from the Hamilton County Fairgrounds during a summer camp held in July.
The Edgerton Explorit Center put on the Iams Canine Science camp, one of their 22 camps this summer, from July 20 to the 24.

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Wed
05
Aug

Funeral home requests increased burial funds

Commissioners received a letter Monday from Higby-McQuiston Mortuary in Aurora requesting that funds for county burials of indigent individuals be increased.
Currently the county will pay up to $1,300 for cremation and up to $1,800 for burial services.

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Wed
05
Aug

Final budget requests due to commissioners

All department and entities within the county had until Monday’s meeting to turn in their budget requests for the 2015-16 fiscal year as to allow time for commissioners to finalize the numbers.
A few preliminary budgets were reworked and resubmitted, such as the highway fund and general miscellaneous fund. The budget must be finalized by Sept. 20. A public hearing of the finalized numbers is usually held in August.

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Wed
29
Jul

New ambulance out and about on calls

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There is a new ambulance in the county and it has already been put to the test during Friday’s storm.
“They already had it out in the middle of the storm on Friday,” ambulance director Mark Kubik said. “Paramedics were called out to the interstate. We could have jumped in an old one, but you can’t protect this one, you just have to go. We would love to keep it brand new and inside forever, but we have to use it.”

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Wed
29
Jul

Nationwide comfort dog visits Senior Center

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Most people will admit dogs bring a lot of comfort. For some dogs, that is their main job.
Moses is a comfort dog for Lutheran Church Charities working through Christ Lutheran Church in Cairo. He interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events and in disaster response situations.

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