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ORANGE CITY - Absentee ballots are now available for voters who plan to be absent for the upcoming special Northwest Iowa Community College bond election to take place on Feb. 7, 2012.

Qualified voters may come to the Sioux County auditor's office in Orange City to personally cast his or her vote. This may be done up through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012.

For absentee voting purposes, the auditor's office will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A qualified voter may also request an absentee ballot in writing. However, it must be on an official Iowa absentee request form. This form is available on the Sioux County web page of www.siouxcounty.org under the auditor page. Each voter must use a separate form. The deadline to request a ballot to be mailed is Friday, Feb. 3 by 5 p.m.

All ballots returned through the mail must be postmarked before Election Day. For information, call election administrator Lisa Rowenhorst at (712) 737-2216.

Sioux County

IT online auction

ORANGE CITY - The Sioux County IT Department will have an online auction through Tuesday, Jan. 24, for used computer equipment.

Equipment will be sold "as is" and no technical support is provided.

It can be previewed on the Sioux County web site at: www.siouxcounty.org. required work. Homes will be brought up to International Building Codes standards.

Six units in the city will be refurbished. The maximum award per unit is $24,999.

The city will provide $18,000 in matching funds from its low and moderate-income account.

"I think it's money well spent," councilor Joel Leusink said. "It's a good area to spend our money."

All units will be remodeled by fall 2012. The city also approved improvements to eight homes roughly six years ago.

An update was provided on the new pool under construction in Westside Park. A portion of the concrete floor didn't test strong and may need to be poured again. More samples will be taken, according to Van Roekel.

A temporary construction hut has been built. Additional work has taken place on the bathhouse.

Fund-raising efforts are ongoing. Seventy-five percent of pledges to the Capital Campaign Cabinet have been collected thus far. Estimates are that about $675,000 has been raised, although the official website still reads $661,888, and has for more than a month.

The city of Hull Parks and Recreation Department is looking at purchasing a used elliptical trainer for the fitness center located in the Community Memorial Building.

The Hull Fire Department Trustee Meeting is set for Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Public Safety Complex.

Councilors Ethan Vaas and Buys began putting together a list of streets for improvements.

The pair met after the regular council meeting on Jan. 9.

Councilors approved American State Bank and Iowa State Bank as the two depository banks for the city. They also okayed using De Koster Law Office for another year, paying an $8,000 retainer fee.

* Craig Verhoef of Custom Woodworking was approved for a 24x32-foot addition at his place of business along Main Street. The addition will give Verhoef additional shop space.

* The Sioux County Index-Reporter has been named the official newspaper once again. Readers can find city legal notices in our newspaper.

Original Publication Date: January 18, 2012



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