The firing of the police chief in Hartley, Iowa has been upheld by that town's city council. Members voted unanimously Tuesday to accept Mayor Clayton Pyle's decision to terminate Mark Younie from the post on January 2nd. At a public hearing, Pyle told Younie he had refused to respect his authority and accept his supervision of the police department and had refused to inform him of police matters, causing a complete breakdown in communication.
More discussion of revenue from traffic cameras at city hall. As the council continues to work on Sioux City's next fiscal budget, Mayor Bob Scott and other council members say the fact is that money generated by the cameras has helped the city to hold the line on property tax rates for several years. The Iowa Department of Transportation is considering banning the cameras, so the council is trying to build a budget that does not include revenue from them.
New fire truck for Norfolk, Neb.
Norfolk, Nebraska will spend $430,000 for a new fire truck. The city council approved the purchase this week to replace a truck that's more than 20 years old. The new truck will be built by a manufacturing firm in Snyder, Nebraska. The fire chief says it will be the primary response rig for Norfolk. They expect to take delivery of the truck in the fall or winter.
The owner of a dilapidated former northwest Iowa school building has a found a rather unique way to get the property off his hands. The Westfield Community School was sold this week on eBay for $16,000. The school closed in 1981. Over the years, it's been home to a few businesses. There's no word who purchased the building, or what their plans are for the property.
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