Board approves franchise fees
Sparboe donates $5K to Splashpad

Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm


BOYDEN — Well, after months of speculation, the city of Boyden has established energy-related franchise fees.

Those were set during Boyden’s council meeting on Tuesday, July 6, at the city office on Webb.

MidAmerican Energy franchise manager Ky Boyle was present to answer any questions council members had and he combed over details of the forthcoming contract.

“The franchise fee will be 5 percent for residents and 3 percent for commercial users,” said city administrator Lori Wolkow.

At a previous Boyden council meeting, the board set the purpose of revenue statement, which is essentially a return received by the governing body.

The new franchise agreement will cover 25 years dated from the publication date of this edition of The Sioux County Index-Reporter.

“The paperwork and the mapping of the grounds and city limits is done,” Boyle said. “The Iowa Utilities Board still needs to approve it and that could take up to 30 days.”

It’s expected city residents will see the franchise fee as a line item on bills by the month of September and the city will see its first revenue by October.

The city of Boyden will use revenue generated from the franchise fee for capital projects.

All eight sections of the ordinance passed by a roll-call vote of 4-0. Roger Nelson, Kim Oschendorf, Dale Winter and Justin Beukelman all said ‘yes.’

The polycom unit Joan recalled taking trips with her father early in the morning during snowstorms to determine whether or not to call off school She recalled the creaky wooden floors and the time she was caught for chewing gum on school grounds.

To honor A.R. Hesla, the football field here in Hull bears his name.

The alumni choir, under the direction of current vocal teacher Colin Conner, sang the school song and other ‘Irish-inspired’ numbers.

Former elementary school principal Vince Huls and former superintendent Craig Anderson — with his customary banjo in tow — talked about the early years of the district.

Huls championed the teaching innovations that came along, including individualized reading. Anderson discussed being superintendent when the current facilities were built during the early-1980s.

“I feel like I am a better person after having the chance to be superintendent here for 24 years,” said Anderson, who now lives up by Lake Okoboji. “I want to thank you all. It was a great place.”

Doug Beukelman spoke on the formation of the Boyden-Hull Educational Foundation in the 1990s, which included the Challenge 2000 initiative. Beukelman graduated from B-H in 1973.

The foundation helps fund scholarships and sponsors programs like the recent summer theater production of “The Story of The Velveteen Rabbit.”

“Welcome back to your school,” said former B-H principal Marj Wagner. “We’ve been able to keep this thing going. About eight hundred students came through during my time here. I’ve worked with some wonderful people.”

Wagner discussed a long laundry-like list of accomplishments the school achieved under her watch, including the establishment of the B-H quiz bowl team, the state jazz honors and 2009 trip to play in the state football championship versus Solon.

Gabe Van’t Land from the Class of 2010, current school board president Mark Warntjes and superintendent Steve Grond all provided remarks at the close of the program.

The day’s events also included a brunch for former and current staff and board members in Boyden, tours of both facilities and a pizza-and-chicken buffet dinner in the high school commons.

B-H media instructor Carla Hibma took individual class photos and attendees received a T-shirt.

East Prairie Street in Boyden is completely paved, just one of many improvements made around the city this summer. Photo by Eric Viccaro, Sioux County Index-Reporter

Board approves franchise fees
Sparboe donates $5K to Splashpad