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Message From Our Mayor-Town Hall meeting set for October 3 Gladbrook Community Halloween October 31

September 19, 2019
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I have waited way too long in getting this letter written – so let’s get going on some important dates coming up. On Saturday, September 28 the Crayon Corner Learning Center is having an Open House from 4:00-7:00 at the Learning Center. They will be having a free will donation meal and you will be able to see all the work that this board and the employees have put into making this a very active place for our little ones. Along with the improvements, they have received a 4 Star rating. Congratulations to all who are involved. Next on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 PM I will be hosting a town hall meeting at the theatre. This is open to all and I will be answering questions on any and all topics that you, the citizens of Gladbrook, bring up. This will include new water meters, the school building in here in town and other topics of interest. Hope to see you there. Next on October 31 will be the town’s Halloween night for all ages starting from 6:00 to 8:00 with the usual house to house trick or treating along with the local businesses on Main Street that will be open and expecting kids. Spanky’s will have their hay bale maze set up again this year and the Fire and Ambulance personnel will have their units out for everyone to see.Next up, head for the library from 7:00 to 9:00p.m. where the main floor will be decorated and have activities for the little kids to do along with treats. Then go downstairs to the haunted basement which includes the old city jail where I hear they are planning to use the electric chair to punish someone! Beth and her crew are going to al lot of work for this event. There will be a long waiting line so be prepared to bescared. All should be finished by 9:00 p.m. A good time will be had by all! A special thank you goes out to all the business people and all the volunteers who will be helping to make this a fun night and for making Gladbrook a great place to live and come back to. Just a little bit on what your water board and city council are planning to do. As most of you know, we have been losing a lot of unbilled water. In other words the gallons that we pay rural water for but don’t get billed out to customers. Mark Lowry has put in a lot of time working with rural water and others to find out if there were leaks in the system. We found several – some large, some small. There were times that Mark and Scott Humphrey worked all night with Jerry Buskhol from rural water shutting down the whole town by sections and then listening for running water. This all helped along with some of our local citizens who reported leaks that they spotted. This has saved us over 300,000 to 500,000 gallons per month. Since we are still losing a lot of water, the next step in solving this problem will be installing new water meters in every house in town. Some of these meters are 50 to 60 years old. At this time I don’t know when they will be installed. We will be notifying everyone when we start so you will know when to expect someone at your door. This will all be done at city expense with the exception of some new fittings that will be the home owners expense. Your water board and Mark Lowry have put in a lot of time trying to make the city services as efficient as possible. Thank them when you get a chance. I will have more information at the town hall meeting on October 3.

Keith Sash, Mayor



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