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ALTOONA HERALD-INDEX

DECEMBER 2011 Volume 10, Issue 12

News from your community

LIFE OF A LIBRARY DIRECTOR

John Lerdal named member of the year by Iowa Library Association


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Your stories this month

Inside Financial tips from Edward Jones Manage your money carefully this holiday season. Page 18

community Calendar of local events .......................................................................................................3 Library director John Lerdal receives award, displays exemplary commitment.....4

Communicator Pages 9-13

Eisenlauer named chamber’s top volunteer ...................................................................7 SEP senior nominated for Air Force Academy ................................................................8

Chamber page Page 14

TIPS program gathers little public input so far ............................................................15

On the cover Pleasant Hill Library Director John Lerdal was honored with the Iowa Library Association’s Member of the Year Award. (Adam Wilson/Herald-Index) Page 4

sports Winter sports schedules.......................................................................................................16

opinion Those little words between words ..................................................................................18

business Edward Jones: Manage your money carefully this holiday season .........................19

Caitlin Ingle and the Southeast Polk girls basketball team hope to return to the state tournament this season. See winter sports schedules for SEP and Des Moines East on page 16. MICHAEL ROLANDS/HERALD-INDEX

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calendar Planning and Zoning The Pleasant Hill Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at City Hall.

Parks and Recreation The Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at City Hall.

Chamber of Commerce The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce meetings are held the first

Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the conference room at the chamber office, located at 5160 Maple Dr. Call the chamber at 261-0466.

SEP School Board The Southeast Polk Board of Education business meeting is the third Thursday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information visit the SEP website at www.southeastpolk.org.

City Council The Pleasant Hill City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at

City Hall, 5160 Maple Dr. For more information, call city hall at 262-9368. City offices will be closed Dec. 23-26.

Public Library Pleasant Hill Public Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The library will be closed Dec. 24-26. B.E.S.T. Program: Bringing Education and Seniors Together host a monthly day trip. Times will vary according to destination. Call the library at 266-7815 for more information.

Library board: 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Book Discussion: The fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Each month a new book selected by the group will be discussed. For information, call the library at 266-7815. Li’bear’y Story Time: 10 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. Stories, crafts for preschoolers. Crafts: 4 p.m. every Wednesday. Family movies: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Super hero bash: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 Teen ‘bored’ games: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 Winter break movies: 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29

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Reader of the Month Taylor Campbell. PHOTO SUBMITTED Taylor Campbell is the Reader of the Month at Pleasant Hill Library. Campbell, 4, is the son of TS Campbell. His favorite things to do are to play Flushed Away and play trucks with his brother. He also enjoys reading books about trucks.

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Cub Scouts Cub Scouts Pack 98 meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the Pleasant Hill Elks Lodge. The troop takes donations of redeemable cans and bottles on the first Saturday of each month at the Pleasant Hill Hy-Vee. Call (515) 264-0560 for more information.

For more information, call Norma Holcomb at 262-2600 or Sherry Veldhuizen at 262-2235.

Lions Club The Pleasant Hill Lions Club will meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month at Doanes Park Youth Center in Pleasant Hill.

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Holiday events

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 8:45 a.m. every Wednesday and 6 p.m. every Thursday at Berean Assembly of God Church, 5225 E. University in Pleasant Hill.

See page 6 for more information about Breakfast with Santa and other holiday events. Send your Edge calendar items to adwilson@dmreg.com or enter them online at altoonaherald.com.


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Library director John Lerdal receives award, displays exemplary commitment LERDAL RECEPTION IN PLEASANT HILL

By TIMOTHY MEINCH tmeinch@dmreg.com

Last month the Iowa Library Association recognized Pleasant Hill Public Library Director John Lerdal’s exceptional commitment and service to the community with the Member of the Year Award. The award acknowledges Lerdal’s commitment to libraries, which extends beyond his daily duties of supervising eight staff members, reading at child care centers and Four Mile Creek Elementary, and overseeing general operations at the Pleasant Hill library. “I really did feel honored to receive this award. It’s something that I really will treasure forever,” said Lerdal, who was chosen among 1,500 ILA members. “The plaque will be on my wall for a long time.” The Pleasant Hill library director of 20 years currently serves the ILA as treasurer and an executive board member. Duties with the ILA include preparing and monitoring budgets and expenses for library boards. But that is not what stands out in his career as a librarian. “I always enjoy helping people. If someone comes in and we can provide

The library board will be hosting a reception from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Pleasant Hill Public Library in recognition of Lerdal’s achievement.

information or assistance to get their questions answered, that’s always a highlight for me,” Lerdal said. Despite the expanse of technology and the Internet, libraries still play a vital role as a free outlet for information and community gathering place, said Lerdal, noting he serves several regulars on a daily basis and many others every week. “We function as a community meeting place, and I think that function will remain for many years to come,” he said. During the fiscal year 2010, the Pleasant Hill library received an average of 185 visitors per day, and Lerdal is doing his best to make sure these clients of all ages enjoy quality programs and service. “We’re trying to keep up with technology and get the materials and resources that people need,” he said. In the last couple months the library

Pleasant Hill Library Director John Lerdal recently received the Iowa Library Association's member of the year award. ADAM WILSON/HERALD-INDEX

began offering online access to e-books for free. This supplements the libraries access to online audio materials, like books on-tape available through download. Other programs for the community include a new teen advisory council and the B.E.S.T. Group, which serves older

residents in the community by bringing education and seniors together. The B.E.S.T. Group offers year-round activities such as organized trips to various locations throughout the area or potlucks, such as the one hosted by the library on Nov. 18. Lerdal said he is currently excited about the upcoming “make and take an ornament” event at the youth center Dec. 4, when people can make Christmas ornaments to take home. The event will take place as a part of the Hill of Lights celebration. “I think we really do provide an important service,” Lerdal said. “I would say that information still costs money. And libraries have always been places where people can get free access to information. I don’t know that I see that changing in the near future.” Lerdal said the ILA award provided encouragement and a reminder of the importance of his work. “It’s really gratifying when these things happen. It gives you a lot of impetus to not only stay involved with the organization, but do a small bit to make sure libraries remain viable institutions,” he said.

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Holiday events planned in Pleasant Hill 25th Breakfast with Santa runs from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 By KRISTIN DANLEY-GREINER Herald-Index staff writer

Kids of all ages can have breakfast with Santa at the Doanes Park Youth Center in Pleasant Hill from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. The free breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, milk and juice. “This is our 25th annual Breakfast with Santa and to celebrate we will be having face painters, balloon artists, Frosty the Snowman, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Plan to come early, because supplies are limited and we plan on having around 300 people that morning,” said Rick

Courcier with the city of Pleasant Hill. “We would also like to thank all the local businesses and organizations that have helped make this event a success for the past 25 years.” Later that evening, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the youth center will be a family fun night with free bingo and prizes. “Over $600 in gift shop dollars will be given away during bingo at the family fun night. The Pleasant Hill Elementary PTO will be selling books and the Boy Scout Troop 98 will be selling food and drinks. Space is limited and gift shop dollars are only

Cameryn Clifton of Pleasant Hill gets her face painted last year during Breakfast with Santa in Pleasant Hill. ADAM WILSON/HERALD-INDEX PHOTOS

redeemable at the event,” Courcier said. During that afternoon, shoppers can check out what Pleasant Hill has to offer during a special “shop local” event from 11 a.m. to 2

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p.m. at Okoboji Bar and Grill’s meeting room. Area businesses will have items on hand from products to gift certificates for people to purchase. “Sometimes you go to the

Santa Claus had his hands — and lap — full when Jacob Van Compernolle and his sister Kelsey paid him a visit during Breakfast with Santa last year. big malls and big stores and spend so much money on something that breaks or the kids lose interest in, but what kid doesn’t enjoy going

to the ice cream store or to a movie. What family doesn’t enjoy dinner out,” said Cathy Jensen, executive director of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. “There are things we have right here in town for everyone. We have gifts that family members can give to each other. We’re really excited about this event and hope that we can continue it. Edward Jones has Disney stock that can be purchased for grandkids - I’m a grandparent and sometimes it’s hard to think of something. I think that’s a great gift, that my grandkids can own a piece of Disney.” Visitors to the youth center can also make-and-take an ornament from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4.

Murray, Konrad, Malone win Pleasant Hill council seats By TIMOTHY MEINCH tmeinch@dmreg.com

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Len Murray, Mark Konrad and Barb Malone will take seats on Pleasant Hill City Council in January, according to unofficial results from the Polk County auditor. Current City Council member Murray received the most support, 19.46 percent, with 780 votes. Konrad received 771 votes or 19.24 percent. And Malone received 718 votes, 17.91 percent. The voter turnout for Pleasant Hill totaled 1,449, which amounts to 26.2 percent of the registered voters in the city, according to Polk County Auditor Jamie Fitzgerald’s unofficial report. Konrad watched the votes come in precinct by precinct at home with his

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family. It felt awesome to see the final results, he said. “I’m almost at a loss for words,” Konrad said. “The residents of Pleasant Hill have spoken loud and clear by way of their vote, and they’ve shown what they want. Now it’s time for us to represent their voice.” Konrad said he was going to celebrate at a couple different local businesses in Pleasant Hill after seeing the results. Malone said she feels she has great people to work with on the council. “I’m grateful,” she said

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after seeing the results. “I’m looking forward to being out on the council and seeing what I can do to move the city

forward.” As stated at the Pleasant Hill election forum, Murray seeks common ground and common goals for the residents of Pleasant Hill to achieve. “I provide some level of stability and common sense,” he said at the public forum on Oct. 27. “Experience is necessary. And I offer a broad understanding of city, state and national operations.” Murray also said he has attended more than 400 City Council meetings in Pleasant Hill over the years.


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Eisenlauer named chamber’s top volunteer By KRISTIN DANLEY-GREINER Herald-Index staff writer

East side supporter Bill Eisenlauer has been named the east Des Moines Chamber Volunteer of the Year, an award that many say he deserves. At the chamber’s Celebration of Progress held recently, those gathered there rejoiced in the groundbreaking ceremony of a $15 million addition to a new building, plus Grandview Golf Course’s construction of a new facility, as well as the East Village’s recent success with the International Food Fair, which drew more than 30,000 people to Des Moines. It was then that Eisenlauer received his award, something that surprised and pleased him. “I was really excited and really shocked when they called me - I had no clue. I don’t do this type of work for the award and recognition. At the ceremony, there were people from all over the area who I personally knew in attendance, so it was really neat to receive the award with everyone present,” Eisenlauer said. “I just love the east side and Des Moines. I want to push as hard as I can to let everyone know that we have so many great things to offer on the east side of Des Moines.” Best known as a real estate agent, Eisenlauer also sits on the board of directors for Valley View Village and Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. He’s also involved with the East Des Moines and Pleasant Hill Lions Clubs, serving as chairman of the Lions in

Bill Eisenlauer with his 2011 Volunteer of the Year award from the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. BILL SCHAEFER/SPECIAL TO THE HERALD-INDEX

Des Moines. He also belongs to several area chamber of commerce organizations, too. “We provide a lot of eyeglasses and hearing aids for area elderly people,” he said of his involvement with the Lions Club. Eisenlauer and his family attend church on the east side and through his congregation, he serves as a volunteer chaplain at the Polk County Jail, going cell to cell and talking with inmates to see what materials they need, whether it’d be a Bible or similar reading material. He’s also involved with the East Des Moines Gideons, handing out thousands of Bibles to children in elementary through high school in the Des Moines area. “I’ve lived on the east side my whole life and we’ve had five generations here. My

great-grandfather came over from Germany in 1876 and settled at the fairgrounds. I live in Pleasant Hill and graduated from East High School and we’ve made several donations to the school, sponsoring the football and basketball teams, plus the girls softball program, which won state last year. We’re really involved there and try to help get parents involved - I volunteered there when my own kids attended East,” he said. By being involved in so many different ways in the community, the name recognition has paid off for his real estate business. “We find that by doing a lot of volunteering in the community, our business has been booming. My son and I sold 157 houses last year and we definitely wouldn’t have done that if we didn’t have our name out there and everybody knew who we were,” he said. Diane Johnson, current president of the East Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, has known Eisenlauer since they were children. She said he’s most deserving of the award for many reasons. “He has been such an amazing supporter of all of our events and basically all things pertaining to the east side of Des Moines. His business is very active on the east side, he is involved in three chamber of commerces, sits on several local boards, belongs to the East High Alumni Association - Bill Eisenlauer is everywhere,” she said. “He’s also a really nice guy - just one of those people who’d give you the shirt off his back and help anybody that he could.”

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SEP senior nominated for Air Force Academy By KRISTIN DANLEY-GREINER Herald-Index staff writer

Pleasant Hill teen Marlis Owens not only is reaching for the stars, she plans one day to design and launch a satellite or a rocket and send it into outerspace during her hopeful career with the United States Air Force. A senior at Southeast Polk High School, 17-year-old Owens has applied for a position at the Air Force Academy. The daunting process has many steps, including obtaining a congressional recommendation, which she recently received from Congressman Leonard Boswell, a 20-year veteran who retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Army. Receiving a congressional nomination

is required in order to be considered for admission to one of the military academies. Academy applicants also are judged on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, medical fitness and motivation. “She has excelled academically and has served as a role model for younger students. It is always refreshing to see the values of commitment and patriotism are still alive in today’s young leaders,” Boswell said in a press release. Parents Martha and Michael Owens naturally are quite proud of their successful daughter, who runs track, cross country, has a spot on the school honor roll, earned first place last year in the state math competition, serves as vice president of her

Marlis Owens of Pleasant Hill, who hopes to attend the Air Force Academy, was nominated by Congressman Leonard Boswell. PHOTO SUBMITTED school’s Spanish club and state treasurer of SKILLS USA. She’s also a member of a local club that helps out military families in the community. “I won’t know if I’ve

been accepted to the Air Force until spring, which is nerve wracking. I want to major in astronautical engineering. I want to work in their space program designing satellites and rockets,” she said. The challenging major Owens has selected stems from her love of engineering - she began taking engineering-focused classes in high school and when she visited the Air Force Academy and learned about its program, she said she knew it was something she wanted to do. “I want to do something in engineering on a large scale that will really make a big difference,” she said. “There’s definitely a lot of room for innovation with astronautical engineering than with an area like

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she said. Because Owens won’t learn of her position with the Air Force until spring, she does have a couple of back-up plans in place, including attending the University of Michigan and majoring in aerospace engineering there. If that doesn’t pan out, she’s considering Purdue, the University of Iowa and Iowa State. “I would spend four years at the academy, then serve five or six years with the Air Force, but I want to become a career officer and would spend more than that there,” she said. “At first, I thought I wanted to be an astronaut, but now I want to design a satellite or rocket to send into space that would be useful to the world and conduct research.”

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8:00a.m.-11:00a.m. Youth Center at Doanes Park Come for free pancakes, sausages, milk, and juice Flag presentation during the Grand Entry at the 2011 Central Iowa Circle of First Nations Powwow at the Youth Center in Doanes Park, Pleasant Hill.

Central Iowa Circle of First Nations Traditional Powwow Free Admission; admission begins at 12p.m. GRAND ENTRY BEGINS AT 1:00P.M. This annual powwow showcases the legacies of the Native American Community, including its traditions, customs and symbols. Traditional Native American music will be performed by the Brown Otter Singers from the Meskwaki Settlement and the Common Road Singers from Cedar Rapids, IA. A special guest (weather permitting) will be Emmet Eastman of the Lakota Sioux Tribe. Emmet is the great grandson of Charles Eastman who was the first medical doctor of the Sioux Tribes. At the age of 80, Emmet is still running marathons, and has a wealth of knowledge and history to share.

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A hand sewn, Native American Star Quilt will be raffled at the powwow. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $1.00. An old fashioned Cake Walk will be held at the end of the day. This should be an exciting and entertaining afternoon for everyone who attends.

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SNOW ORDINANCE

I would like to take this opportunity to review our snow route ordinance. All streets are designated as snow routes. The streets themselves are not posted. All corridors into the city are posted “Snow Routes Enforced”. What this means is, when predictions or occurrences indicate the need, the Police Chief or Public Works Director will proclaim a snow emergency and the police department will inform the news media to publicize the proclamation and the parking rules under the emergency. A snow emergency parking ban will continue from its proclamation throughout the duration of the snow or ice storm and the forty-eight (48) hour period after cessation of such storm except as above provided upon streets which have been fully opened.

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Santa and friends will be on hand for photos BOOK FAIR, FREE COLORING BOOK & SPIN ART Special Thanks to:

Gene and Martha Miller, Pleasant Hill Hy-Vee, Anderson Erickson Dairy, 5 & Diner, Pleasant Hill PTO, Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, Pleasant Hill Lions Club, Pleasant Hill Fire Department, Pleasant Hill Fire Fighters Assoc., Boy Scout Troop 98 and Altoona Village Inn.

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Saturday, December 3rd 5:00p.m.– 7:30p.m. Youth Center at Doanes Park Boy Scout Troop 98 will be serving FOOD & BEVERAGES!

Sponsored by: Pleasant Hill Park & Recreation, Pleasant Hill Elementary PTO, & Boy Scout Troop 98.

Violations of the ordinance are subject to a parking ticket, if necessary impoundment of the vehicle which will also result in additional administrative fees as well as towing and storage charges from the towing operator. A parking ticket is $15.00 and administrative fees are $25.00. Towing and storage fees will be assessed by the tow operator. If you have any questions concerning the ordinance, I can be reached at the Pleasant Hill Police Department or by phone at 265-1444. I want to thank you in advance for your cooperation. Tim Sittig, Police Chief


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December 2011 CITY CALENDAR MONDAY

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THURSDAY

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City Hall Library Youth Center

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Pearl Harbor Day

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8 10 am & 10:30 am Li”Bear”y Story Time 6:00 pm Park & Recreation Commission Meeting - CH

1-4 pm Make & Take An Ornament - YC

7:00 pm Lions Club – YC

6:30 pm T.A.B. (Teen Advisory Board) - L

10 am &10:30 am Li”Bear”y Story Time 4 pm Craft – L

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5:30 pm Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting – CH

6:30 pm City Council Meeting - CH

10 am & 10:30 am Li”Bear”y Story Time 4 pm Craft – L

10 am & 10:30 am Li”Bear”y Story Time 5:00 pm Library Board Meeting - L 6:00 pm Family Movies - L

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10 am & 10:30 am Li”Bear”y Story Time

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10 am &10:30 am Li”Bear”y Story Time 4 pm Craft – L 2:00 pm Super Hero Bash - L

Chapter 136, Paragraph .03 REMOVAL OF SNOW AND ICE: It is the responsibility of the abutting property owners to remove the natural accumulations of snow and ice promptly from sidewalks, or if the ice cannot be removed, to treat the ice with sand, salt or other non-slippery substance. If a property owner does not remove the snow or ice, or treat the ice within twenty-four (24) hours after cessation of snow/ice fall, the City may do so and assess the costs against the property owner in the amount of $30.00 for a first violation and up to $75.00 for any subsequent violation.

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WINTER WEATHER INFORMATION AND REMINDERS

City Ordinances Chapter 135, Paragraph .12 DUMPING OF SNOW AND ICE: It is unlawful for any person to throw, push, place, or cause to be thrown, pushed or placed, any ice or snow from private property, sidewalks or driveways onto the traveled way of a street or alley so as to obstruct gutters, or impede the passage of vehicles upon the street or alley, or to create a hazardous condition therein.

SAFETY FIRST It is recommended that you not pile snow at the end of your driveway near the street. This can obstruct our view when backing into the street causing a safety hazard. It is also dangerous to let children play in snow piles that are near the street. If they slip or slide into the street, they could easily be hit by passing vehicles. If there is a fire hydrant in your front yard, please keep the area around it clear of snow so that our fire department will have easy access in an emergency. MAILBOXES The US Postal Service will not deliver mail to your mailbox unless it is clear of snow and ice. Please keep the area around your mailbox clean and make sure the mailbox is in good repair and installed to postal service specifications. If you have any questions, contact Public Works Director Gary Patterson at 265-9465.

Have a safe winter season.

Gary Patterson - Public Works Director

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NIXLE has come to Pleasant Hill • Be notified of traffic tie ups, road closures, crime alerts and missing persons. • Receive weather alerts to warn of impending severe weather or flooding. • Upcoming event notices in your city. The Pleasant Hill Police Department has joined the NIXLE system in an effort to provide more information in a timely fashion to the members of our community. NIXLE is a web based notification system that allows law enforcement to provide information to citizens as events are happening or to make notification of upcoming events. Participants receive information on their computers via email or their cell phone in the form of a text message. Register for NIXLE by following the prompts at www.nixle.com. All information required to use the system is secure, confidential and is not available to other vendors. Success of this system will rely on getting as many people as possible to sign up for the program. The NIXLE service is FREE, unless your phone service requires a fee for text messages. We encourage everyone to register. If you have questions about the NIXLE program, please contact me or Officer Adam Choat at 265-1444. Chief Tim Sittig Pleasant Hill Police Department


Communicator Meet your Mayor and City Council members MIKE RICHARDSON 309-9406

mrichardson@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us

MELISSA GARRETT 778-0018

mgarrett@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us

RAIAN HANSON

Thorson’s Karate & Martial Arts

FAMILY KARATE

Youth Center at Doanes Park

This class is meant to develop the individual learner. Whether you are looking for fitness, self-defense, having fun, or just looking for a family-oriented class this is for you. This year around class includes Classical Life Protection, Two Partner Exercises and more! Youth Center at Doanes Park

Regular Fee: $25.00 for 5 weeks for ages 4-6 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Regular Fee: $35.00 for 5 weeks 7:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

299-4779

BILL LACK

$45 Start-up includes Uniform

rhanson@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us

DONAVON HOWARD dhoward@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us

262-8382

black@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us

LEONARD MURRAY 265-3110

lmurray@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us

PLEASANT HILL CITY OFFICIALS

To register contact Greg Thorson (515)710-2342 getkarateka@aim.com Family Rates are available

LITTLE NINJA Ages 4-6

This 6 week program focuses on improving school age children’s basic motor and listening skills. We make learning fun and educational. Our goal is to help your children be the best they can be at everything they put their mind too.

265-4869

NOW ON WEDNESDAY

(Ryu Kyu Kempo) Ages 7-Adult

$58 Start-up includes Uniform

Tumbling Tots Who: Ages 3 - 6 years Times: Winter 2012: Tuesdays January 10 - February 14 Session I: 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Session II: 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $10.00/child Where: Doanes Park Youth Center Registration Information Contact: Katie Gates 689-5207 hstumbling@mchsi.com Class Information A movement education program designed to develop motor skills, body awareness, and self confidence

• Control • Teamwork • Balance • Memory • Discipline • Coordination

AKA

2012 Winter Session January 9- February 14

Mayor: Registration Fee: $20 per year Mike Richardson 309-9406 mrichardson@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us (Includes priority registration for the year) City Manager: New Students Registration (have paid yearlyPriority Donald Sandor 309-9408 registration fee for the year) December 1-16 Dates dsandor@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us November 1-28 City Clerk/Finance Officer: Monday Mornings Classes Tuesday Evenings Susan Mahannah 309-9410 smahannah@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us TOTS 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. - $35 TOTS 5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. - $35 18 months to 3 years 18 months to 3 years Community Development Director: PRESCHOOL 10:05 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. $40 PRESCHOOL 6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - $40 Ben Champ 309-9460 4-5 year olds 4-5 year olds bchamp@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us YOUTH CENTER AT DOANES PARK Building Division-Inspections: To Register or get more information contact KATIE at 202-3488 or kwtumbling@gmail.com Ruth Mattix 309-9461 rmattix@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us Building Official: Are you having trouble with the come, sit, down, stay, and heal Mike Pardekooper 309-9457 commands? I can help with these and more! Together, we can make mpardekooper@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us your dog an enjoyable part of your family for many years to come. Public Works Director: I have experience in teaching basic obedience, AKC, CGC and TDI Gary Patterson 262-9465 titling. I specialize in correcting aggressive dog behavior. gpatterson@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us Police Chief: Tim Sitting 309-9420 tsitting@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us Youth Center, 5050 Doanes Park Road, Pleasant Hill Fire Chief: 10-week course: $115.00 registration Reylon Meeks 262-9360 rmeeks@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us Fun, enjoyable classes helping you Library Director: teach your dog obedience John Lerdal 266-7815 Adult and puppy classes available & private lessons offered, if desired. jlerdal@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us Call Anna Childs at 515-314-0549 Park & Rec Supervisor: Heath Ellis 309-0049 • with any questions and to register. hellis@ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us

Active Kids Athletics

Sundays at 6 p.m.

K-9 TRAINING CLASS

LESSONS CLASSES FOR ALL AGES! PARENT & ME CLASSES 2-4 YEARS $30 per month, 30 minutes per week TAP, BALLET & TUMBLING 5-6 YEARS $30 per month, per class TAP, BALLET, JAZZ, TUMBLING, CHEER & CLOGGING 7 YEARS AND OLDER $30 per month, per class ADULT TAP, BALLET & CLOGGING $30 per month, classes available Fully Insured • PDP Certified • BMI Licensed Member of Clogging Association YOUTH CENTER AT DOANES PARK 5050 Doanes Park Road Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

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Email: Tertanker@aol.com Classes are on Fridays


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LIBRARY News & Classes

MAKE AND TAKE AN ORNAMENT will be held on Sunday, December 4 from 1-4p.m., at the Youth Center. Part of the Hill of Lights celebration, this annual event features ornaments for all ages to create and enjoy. Don’t miss this holiday favorite. The Library will be closed on Saturday, December 24, Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26. We will also be closed on Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2. Have a great holiday season! Director John Lerdal was recently named Member of the Year by the Iowa Library Association. This annual award is given ‘in recognition of extraordinary service to and leadership in the Iowa library community’. The Library Board will be hosting a reception on Saturday, December 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Library in recognition of this achievement, with a brief program at 2:30 p.m. Remember, our catalog is always available at the library website, www.ci.pleasant-hill.is.us/ library ! E-Books are now available! The Library is part of a consortium of Iowa libraries providing access to over 1,000 E-books to patrons. Access to Kindle readers has just been added! Go to the Library website to access the WILBOR site or call 266-7815. We will be happy to provide you with the information needed to start reading online! E-books can be downloaded to many devices including the Nook and Kindle readers. Patrons can check out up to 3 e-books at a time. Project Guttenberg e-books are also included at the WILBOR site. These don’t count against the 3 checkout limit and over 15,000 titles are available!

CLASSES:

Adult Classes are offered at the Library through Des Moines Adult Ed. Check out all the classes which are available at their website: www.dmced.org or call 515-242-8521. B.E.S.T. Program: Bringing Education and Seniors Together. We plan a day trip once a month to local sights. Times will vary according to destination. Call the Library at 266-7815 for questions and to reserve your seat. Also find out what trip we have planned or add your name to the mailing list.

TEEN ACTIVITIES:

T.A.B. (TEEN ADVISORY BOARD): The Teen Advisory Board will be meeting on Tuesday, December 6, from 6:30-8p.m. at the Library. This meeting is for ages 12-17. The T.A.B. group will be meeting on a regular basis and will be gathering information and ideas about what teens would like to see at their library. So if you have any ideas about activities or changes in the teen area that you would like to share. Then come to the next meeting and give us your input. We want you to feel welcomed and proud of your library. For more information please call the Library at 515-266-7815. TEEN BOARD GAMES: Wednesday, December 28, 4p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Library. This activity is for ages 12-17. If you find yourself bored and have nothing to do during winter break, join us at the Library and play some “board” games. Come and have some laughs, make friends and enjoy some refreshments. It’s all FREE! For more information please call the Library at 515-266-7815. IW-9000312719

Interested in downloadable audio which you can play on your IPOD, MP3 player or computer? WILBOR is for you! Go to the Library website at www.ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us/library and click on ‘Online Databases’. Then click on ‘Online Audiobooks’ and see what WILBOR has to offer. You will need your library card number. Call the Library at 266-7815 for more information. The Library has a new catalog online. You are now able to renew your library materials from home as well as put items on hold. In order to set up an account, you will need to know your patron number. Contact the Library to get your patron number or with any other questions about using the new system. There is FREE notary service at the Library. Call ahead to make sure one of the staff notaries is available. The Library is now on Facebook! Just search on Pleasant Hill Public Library and help us build our fan base! The Library has all types of information available. Much of it can be accessed from your home computer! Go to the Library’s website www.ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us/library and click on ‘Online Databases’ on the left side. Database included are: World Book Encyclopedia – online encyclopedia WILBOR – downloadable audiobooks Auto Repair Database (Ebsco) Ebsco Host - full-text journal and magazine articles (Ebsco) Facts on File – facts both pro and con on controversial subjects

CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES:

MAKE AND TAKE AN ORNAMENT: Sunday, December 4, 1-4p.m., at the Youth Center. NO CHARGE for this event. Everyone is welcomed to join us for some holiday fun. We will have an assortment of ornaments for you to make to hang on the tree or give as gifts. We will also have popcorn and juice. If you have any questions please call the Library at 266-7815. SUPER HERO BASH: Tuesday, December 27, at 2p.m. at the Library. PLEASE PREREGISTER. For more information or to preregister call the Library at 515-266-7815.

These are available for anyone to use. Just contact the Library for the user name and password information. Also available on the Library’s computers are Reference USA, which has information on businesses and people, and Heritage Quest, which has genealogical information including census records dating back to 1790. CONTACT US FOR HOME DELIVERY OF MATERIALS. We will be glad to deliver books or other library items to patron’s homes. We can deliver requested materials or select items based on the recipients’ preferences. Call us at 266-7815. The community bulletin board at the Library is available for all residents to post notices of upcoming meetings, events and other items of interest. Goods or services for sale can also be posted. There is also space available for flyers for people to take with them. THE LIBRARY’S BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP NEEDS YOU! The group chooses all of the books which will be discussed. It meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7p.m. If you are interested, the Library will supply the book for you. DO YOU HAVE USED EYEGLASSES YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE? The Library has a box from the Lions Club for eyeglasses. Your contribution improves someone’s vision in another part of the world. The Library also has a drop off box for used cell phones and a box for used ink cartridges. Bring these items in to be recycled.

Nonfiction Steve Job by Walter Isaacson Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Books on CD The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben

The regular meeting of the Pleasant Hill Library Board of Trustees was held on September 22, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in the Library conference room. Present were Sue Denny, William Larson, Angela Stark and Kelly Swinton. Also present and participating was Library Director John Lerdal. The Oath of Office was administered to William Larson. The agenda was approved. The minutes of the August 25, 2011 regular meeting were approved. The consent agenda was approved. NEW BUSINESS: The director will present a yearly library report to the City Council. In addition to a written report, a Power Point presentation will be done. The annual Halloween party will be held on Friday, October 28 at the Youth Center. Volunteers are welcome. The Friends membership drive is going well. It’s anticipated that membership will exceed last year. OLD BUSINESS The possible addition of access to the Iowa Workforce Development site was discussed. Library staff would not be expected to help job seekers. Links would be put on the Library computers to the site. The staff will be encouraged to monitor usage and the amount of help job seekers need. LIBRARY DIRECTOR’S REPORT A welcome was given to William Larson who was just appointed to the Board. The meeting was adjourned.

LIBRARY HOURS WINTER BREAK MOVIE: Thursday, December 29, 1p.m. at the Library. NO NEED TO PREREGISTER. The movie we will be watching is “Scooby–Doo! Winter Wonder Dog!!” For more information please call the Library at 515-266-7815. Movies and Popcorn: The third Thursday of every month at 6p.m. There is NO CHARGE for this activity. Creative Kids Craft: Wednesdays at 4p.m., 6 & up. Please pre-register for craft class, call the Library at 266-7815. Li’bear’y Story Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10a.m. & 10:30a.m. Stories and crafts for pre-schoolers.

NEW BOOKS! Fiction The Litigators by John Grisham 1084 by Haruki Murakami The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks The Snow Angel by Glenn Beck

LIBRARY BOARD MEETING MINUTES

Juvenile/Children Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel Heaven is for Real for Kids as told by Colton Burpo to his parents, Todd & Sonja Burpo Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse by Rebecca Janni These are just a few of the new books the Library has to offer. Many more new books, videotapes, books on tape and other items are available as well!

A reminder that each Wednesday is Amnesty Day at the Pleasant Hill Public Library. No fines for overdue materials are charged on Wednesday!

Please stop in and see us soon at 5151 Maple Drive in Pleasant Hill or phone 266-7815!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

10 a.m.-8 p.m. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING THE FRIENDS TODAY! Go to the library’s website at www. ci.pleasant-hill.ia.us/library for a membership form. Friends meetings are now being held on a quarterly basis. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, December 6th at 6 p.m. Call 2667815 for more information. Computer equipment, Books on CD and DVDs are among the generous donations the Friends make to the Library. Come to a meeting soon and see how the Friends are making a difference! Hope to see you at a Friends meeting soon! RECYCLE YOUR PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES AND HELP THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY! The Friends have a container at the Library, 5151 Maple Drive, for drop off of used printer ink cartridges. For each cartridge returned, the Friends receive reimbursement. Please recycle and help the Friends raise money to help the Library. Thank you for your help! The Friends are continually selling books at the Library. The items for sale are located to the right of the front desk, near the study rooms in the southwest corner of the Library. Paperbacks are 25 cents and hardcover books sell for 50 cents each. Proceeds go to benefit the Library. See what great bargains are available!! Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Library! COUPON EXCHANGE The Friends of the Pleasant Hill Public Library sponsor a coupon exchange. Stop in at the Library and go through the coupons and take what you can use. If you have coupons that you would like to donate, please drop them by the Library. It is located at 5151 Maple Drive at the west end of the city complex.

COMPUTER CLASSES FOR BEGINNING LEARNERS! One on one instruction is being offered. The class consists of three one-hour sessions. A series of classes is being scheduled for the near future. Space will be limited, for more information or to register, please call 266-7815.

These computer classes are for patrons who want to learn: *Basic Computer Terminology *Keyboard Shortcuts *Mouse Skills *Navigating Windows *Word Processing *Using the Internet *Using Search Engines *Setting up and using Email *Finding Interesting Websites CITY OF PLEASANT HILL BUILDING PERMITS October 2011

TYPE ADDRESS OWNER Single Family 6607 SE Sundancer Swing Greenland Homes Single Family 6571 SE Sundancer Swing Greenland Homes

VALUATION BLDG PERMIT FEE $120,434.00 $728.75 $124,514.00 $745.75

Townhouses 0 Single Family 2 $244,948.00 Residential Total 2 $244,948.00 Commercial & Industrial 0


PLEASANT HILL CITY COUNCIL MINUTES October 11, 2011 1. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL Mayor Richardson called the regular session of the Pleasant Hill City Council to order on October 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers. PRESENT: Melissa Garrett, Raian Hanson, Donavon Howard, Bill Lack, Len Murray and Mayor Mike Richardson. ABSENT: None. 2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA HOWARD/GARRETT moved to approve the agenda with the deletion of the presentation from Dave Peterson, Pleasant Hill Little League. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. 3. PRESENTATIONS Mayor Richardson presented Kenny Grandstaff with a plaque for his retirement after 27 years of employment with the city. 4. PRESENTATIONS John Lerdal presented the annual library report. 5. PUBLIC HEARING MURRAY/LACK moved to open the public hearing on the issuance of TIF bonds. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. No public comment. HANSON/MURRAY moved to close the public hearing. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. HANSON/LACK moved to approve Resolution #101111-01 Approve the Declaring Intent to Issue Bonds. ROLL CALL: AYES: Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: Garrett, Howard. Motion carried. 6. PUBLIC INPUT (5 MINUTE LIMIT FOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA) Kevin Umphress, 4928 Beech Blvd., informed the council of an upcoming 5 &10k charity run to be held on April 21, 2012 for “Dropz of Hope”. Representatives from the participating organizations also commented on the event. 7. CONSENT ITEMS HOWARD/HANSON moved to approve the Consent Items: Council Minutes dated 09/27/11, Claims dated 10/11/11, Monthly Expenditures Report dated 09/30/11, Monthly Police Department Report, Monthly Fire Department Report, Monthly Public Works Department Report, Monthly Tax Abatement Report, Minutes from the Park and Recreation Commission dated 09/15/11, Minutes from the Library Board of Trustees dated 08/25/11, Resolution #101111-02 Approve Transfer of Funds, Employee Benefits Fund to General Fund, Resolution #101111-03 Approve Transfer of Funds, Emergency Fund to Equipment Replacement Fund, Resolution #101111-04 Approve Lien Schedules, Sewer and Garbage, Resolution #101111-05 Approve the Release of Retainage on the Lift Station Generators Project, Resolution #101111-06 Approve the Wage for the Deputy Finance Officer. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. 8. BUSINESS ITEMS a. HOWARD/GARRETT moved to approve a request for a Sound Permit to be issued to Lori Grant/Mom’s Ice Cream ROLL CALL: AYES: Hanson, Howard, Garrett, Lack. NAYS: Murray. Motion carried. The permit will be in force from Noon until ½ hour before sunset on Sundays only from

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October, 2011 through November, 2011 weather permitting. b. HANSON/HOWARD moved to approve Resolution #101111-08 Approve the Final Plat for the Karen Place Plat 1 Subdivision Project. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. c. GARRETT/LACK moved to approve Resolution #10111109 Approve a Public Sanitary Sewer Easement. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. d. LACK/MURRAY moved to approve Resolution #101111-10 Approve Appointment of City Clerk/Finance Director as City Treasurer. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. e. MURRAY/HOWARD moved to approve Resolution #101111-11 Relating to the Purple Heart Highway Study. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. f. MURRAY/GARRETT moved to approve the City Investment Policy. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. 9. CLOSING COMMENTS City Manager, Don Sandor reminded the council of the presentation from the Eastern Polk Regional Development at 5:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Council Chambers, Ben Champ, Community Development Director informed the council of two recent preconstruction meetings regarding projects that should be starting soon, City Attorney, Ed Skinner presented updated information regarding voluntary annexation and a motion to dismiss proceeding being held. 10. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business before the Council, HOWARD/ LACK moved to adjourn the meeting. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Howard, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 7:26 p.m. Mike Richardson, Mayor ATTEST: Susan Lensch-Mahannah, City Clerk/Finance Director PLEASANT HILL CITY COUNCIL MINUTES October 25, 2011 1. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL Mayor Richardson called the regular session of the Pleasant Hill City Council to order on October 25, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers. PRESENT: Melissa Garrett, Raian Hanson, Bill Lack, Len Murray and Mayor Mike Richardson. ABSENT: Donavon Howard. 2. APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA GARRETT/LACK moved to approve the agenda with the deletion of the presentation from Police Chief Sittig recognizing Bruce Purdy regarding assistance to police and moving Consent Item 5.f. to Business Items. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. 3. PRESENTATIONS Kelly Swinton recognized John Lerdal for being selected by the Iowa Library Association as Member of the Year for 2011 and was presented with a plaque. 5. PUBLIC INPUT (5 MINUTE LIMIT FOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA) None

7. CONSENT ITEMS MURRAY/HANSON moved to approve the Consent Items: Council Minutes dated 10/11/11, Claims dated 10/25/11, Monthly Library Report, Monthly Community Development Report, Minutes from the Planning and Zoning Commission dated 09/12/11. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. 8. BUSINESS ITEMS a. HANSON/LACK moved to approve the bid from Artistic Concrete for $21,747.00 for refinishing floors at the Youth Center. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. b. MURRAY/LACK moved to accept the bid from Capital City Equipment for the purchase of a Toolcat 5600 F-Series and a T190 Bobcat Compact Track Loader for $69,932.00 including trade-in. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. c. HANSON/GARRETT moved to approve the request for the 5k and 10k Charity Run, Springtime Hill Climb April 21, 2012. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. d. MURRAY/GARRETT moved to approve Resolution #102511-02 Approve Temporary Easement for Vehicular Turnaround – Care Initiatives. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. e. MURRAY/GARRETT moved to approve Resolution #102511-03 Approve Amending a Request to FEMA for Hazard Mitigation Funds for 4600 Vandalia. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. f. City Attorney Ed Skinner reported on the status of the annexation. g. HANSON/LACK moved to approve Resolution #102511-04 Schedule Public Hearing for Annexation November 22, 2011. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. h. MURRAY/LACK moved to approve Resolution #10251101 Setting Date for Sale of $4,900,000 General Obligation Urban Renewal Corporate Purpose Bonds. ROLL CALL: AYES: Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: Garrett. Motion carried. 9. CLOSING COMMENTS Council Hanson invited everyone to the Halloween Party on October 28, 2011 at the Youth Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Garrett wished all the candidates good luck at the forum on Thursday, Mayor Richardson reminded everyone of the “Trunk or Treat” event at the Orange Planet on October 30, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. City Attorney, Ed Skinner updated information regarding the motion to dismiss proceeding. 10. ADJOURNMENT There being no further business before the Council, HANSON/ LACK moved to adjourn the meeting. ROLL CALL: AYES: Garrett, Hanson, Lack, Murray. NAYS: None. Motion carried. The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 p.m. Mike Richardson, Mayor ATTEST: Susan Lensch-Mahannah, City Clerk/Finance Director


Pleasant Hill Chamber

December September2011 2010••www.pleasanthillchamber.org www.pleasanthillchamber.org••515.261.0466 515.261.0466

CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER 3rd 8th TBA 20th -

Shopping in Your Own Hometown, 11am-2pm Lunch Club @ Toad Valley Golf Course, 11:30am Christmas Party Chamber Board Meeting, 1pm

Ribbon Cutting

GROUND BREAKING

Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award NOMINATION FORM Criteria: It is not necessary for this person to be a member of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. The individual receiving the Outstanding Citizen Award must have made a significant contribution to the community (other than chosen trade or profession) over the previous year or years. Recipient must be a resident of Pleasant Hill. Name of Nominee: ____________________________________________ Address:

REMAX Real Estate Group 932 N. Shadyview Blvd Pleasant Hill, IA

Parkridge Specialty Care 5800 Northeast 12th Street Pleasant Hill, IA

_____________________________________________ Employer: _____________________________________________

Join the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce

On a separate sheet of paper, please state why you

for Shopping in Your Own Hometown!

think this individual should be given the “Citizen of the

Saturday, December 3rd • 11am-2pm Edgewater Plaza in the space next to Bella Italia

business, government, religious groups, charitable

Shop local this holiday season with these participating businesses!

Arbonne Archie Webb Photography Becky Nalevanko’s Dance & Tumbling Studio Becky Slootheer - Curl up and Dye Shear Gallery Salon Casey’s General Store Karl Ritland - Edward Jones IW-9000312256

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Lutz Healing Touch Book & Bible Mary Kay Over the Top Fabulicious Ice Cream & Chocolate Pleasant Hill Chamber Scentsy Tupperware

There is still time to showcase your business! Call The Pleasant Hill Chamber office to reserve your Free space! 261-0466

Year” award. Stress activities and service to youth, organizations and/or community in general. NOMINATIONS DUE BY DECEMBER 31, 2011. Please return to: Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce 5160 Maple Dr., Suite C, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 or fax 261-0467 or email phillchamber@qwestoffice.net


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TIPS program gathers little public input so far By ADAM WILSON adwilson@dmreg.com

Pleasant Hill residents have not yet taken advantage of the To Increase Public Savings program initiated earlier this year by Mayor Mike Richardson. The idea for TIPS came to Richardson when he was campaigning for office in 2010, but few have been

submitted. “During the time I was visiting with the citizens, people had different ideas and great comments,” he said when the TIPS program was introduced in March. “I thought, ‘What a lot of good ideas.’ There are a lot of good ideas coming from the citizens.” City leaders encourage citizens of Pleasant Hill to submit budget reduction,

time saving, safety or business opportunities to the city through the campaign, which is scheduled to end Dec. 31. Organizers said the best, most effective idea will earn the submitter a $100 gift card to a local business of their choice. The fund for the gift card will come from the mayor’s budget. “During this election period it seems like

everybody has lots of ideas,” Richardson said. “Don’t forget that there is that offer out there, if you can send in your ideas ... we’d love to look at them.” Residents can pick up a TIPS form at city hall, located at 5160 Maple Drive, Suite A, or submit ideas by mail to: T.I.P.S., 5160 Maple Drive, Suite A, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327-8440.

Richardson said no idea was too small. “We’re looking for anything that is a time- or money-saving idea,” he said. “It could be something as simple as someone discovering a leaking hydrant. ... Or maybe it’s someone sharing the name of someone looking for a building to lease in the city.”

Let’s dance

Give a Holiday Gift that Doesn’t End when the Batteries Run Out. Why not start a new holiday tradition? Make this the time of year that you help save for a child’s college education.

Jennifer Malcom-Brown of Pleasant Hill and Greg Cahalan of Des Moines do the hustle. Malcom-Brown and Robin Kinter of Des Moines do some West Coast swing dancing Oct. 22 during Madhatballroom. com's first Halloween showcase at Lincoln High School. JOSHUA BOYER/DES MOINES REGISTER

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Winter sports schedules SOUTHEAST POLK Girls basketball Nov. 22 vs. Marshalltown, 7:45 p.m. Nov. 25 at Des Moines Lincoln, 7:45 p.m. Nov. 29 vs. Des Moines East, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ottumwa, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 6 vs. Fort Dodge, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 9 vs. Johnston, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at Waukee, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 16 at Urbandale, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 20 at Indianola, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 3 vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 6 vs. Dowling Catholic, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at Ankeny, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 13 at Johnston, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at Des Moines North, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 20 vs. Urbandale, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Valley, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 27 vs. Indianola, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Ames, 6:15 p.m. Feb. 3 at Dowling Catholic, 6:15 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Des Moines Hoover, 6:15 p.m. Feb. 10 vs. Ankeny, 6:15 p.m.

Boys basketball Nov. 29 vs. Des Moines East, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ottumwa, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6 vs. Fort Dodge, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 9 vs. Johnston, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 13 at Waukee, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 16 at Urbandale, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 20 at Indianola, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 3 vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 6 vs. Dowling Catholic, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 10 at Ankeny, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 13 at Johnston, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 17 at Des Moines North, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 20 vs. Urbandale, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Valley, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 27 vs. Indianola, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 31 at Ames, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 3 at Dowling Catholic, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 7 vs. Des Moines Hoover, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 10 vs. Ankeny, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. Marshalltown, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 17 at Des Moines Lincoln, 7:45 p.m.

Wrestling

Dec. 1 vs. Des Moines East, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Gardner Edgerton (Kan.) tournament, 9 a.m. Dec. 6 at Waukee, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Oskaloosa tournament, 9 a.m. Dec. 15 vs. Fort Dodge, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 SEP tournament, 10 a.m. Dec. 20 at Ankeny, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 vs. Johnston, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Iowa City West tournament, 9 a.m. Jan. 12 vs. Urbandale, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Indianola, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Urbandale tournament, 10 a.m. Jan. 26 vs. Dowling Catholic, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at Ames tournament, 9 a.m. Feb. 3 CIML tournament at SEP, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 District tournament at Knoxville, noon Feb. 16-18 State tournament at Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, TBD

Swimming Nov. 22 vs. Newton, 6 p.m. Nov. 29 vs. Ankeny, 6 p.m. Dec. 1 vs. Des Moines Lincoln, 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at Boone invitational, 10 a.m.

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Dec. 8 vs. Waukee, 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Valley, 5 p.m. Dec. 20 at Indianola, 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Des Moines East, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Dowling Catholic, 5 p.m. Jan. 14 SEP invitational, 10 a.m. Jan. 19 vs. Johnston, 6 p.m. Jan. 28 CIML Central meet at SEP, 10 a.m.

Jan. 27 vs. Des Moines Lincoln, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 31 vs. Indianola, 6:15 p.m. Feb. 3 at Des Moines Roosevelt, 6:15 p.m. Feb. 7 at Dowling Catholic, 6:15 p.m. Feb. 10 vs. Ottumwa, 6:15 p.m.

DES MOINES EAST

Nov. 29 at Southeast Polk, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 2 at Fort Dodge, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6 vs. Waukee, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 9 vs. Des Moines North, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 13 vs. Johnston, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 16 vs. Des Moines Hoover, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 20 at Des Moines Lincoln, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 3 at Urbandale, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 6 vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 10 at Ottumwa, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 13 at Des Moines North, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 17 at Valley, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 20 at Des Moines Hoover, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Ames, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 27 vs. Des Moines Lincoln, 7:45 p.m. Jan. 31 vs. Indianola, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 3 at Des Moines Roosevelt, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 7 at Dowling Catholic,

Girls basketball Nov. 29 at Southeast Polk, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 2 at Fort Dodge, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 6 vs. Waukee, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 9 vs. Des Moines North, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 13 vs. Johnston, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 16 vs. Des Moines Hoover, 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 at Marshalltown, 3 p.m. Dec. 20 at Des Moines Lincoln, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 3 at Urbandale, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 6 vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at Ottumwa, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 13 at Des Moines North, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 17 at Valley, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 20 at Des Moines Hoover, 6:15 p.m. Jan. 24 vs. Ames, 6:15 p.m.

Boys basketball

7:45 p.m. Feb. 10 vs. Ottumwa, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 14 vs. Mason City, 7:45 p.m. Feb. 17 at Marshalltown, 7:45 p.m.

Wrestling Dec. 1 at Southeast Polk, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Fort Dodge, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 vs. Waukee, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 vs. Des Moines North, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 vs. Ottumwa, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Des Moines Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 vs. Des Moines Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 CIML tournament at SEP, 3:30 p.m.

Boys swimming Dec. 1 vs. Marshalltown, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Ankeny, 6 p.m. Dec. 15 vs. Fort Dodge, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Des Moines Roosevelt, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 5 vs. Southeast Polk, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at Ottumwa, 6 p.m. Jan. 19 vs. Des Moines Hoover, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Des Moines Lincoln, 5:30 p.m. Ja. 28 CIML Metro meet at East, 12:30 p.m.

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Take a dive

Pleasant Hill Elementary kindergartner Brandon Jarnagin played in the corn pool during a field trip to the Cambridge Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Those little words between words

Do you remember prepositions? Those little words which we should not dangle, pick to end a sentence, or use superfluously, yet not omit when they are necessary. Geez, the mechanics of our language are interesting to say the least. Memorizing the list of the 27 common prepositions occurred at the same time I was memorizing the multiplication tables. Just a quick review from the perspective of a third-grader, a preposition is a word that tells where something is: across, after, in, like, near, on, over, through or out, which are just sampling the possibilities and combinations. I’m thankful for my calculator as I can never remember the answers to 9x6 and 9x7.

On the Edge Sue Denny

Recently I wrote a column about things which annoy us. It was pointed out that when I speak I end my sentences with a preposition – such as, “Where are you at?” I’ve worked hard to overcome this Midwestern fault, but a lifetime habit requires a real effort. I’m glad I’m not trying to quit smoking! When a friend sent me a fun note, filled with prepositions, I’ve found my mind wandering through the world of prepositional possibilities. Growing up I was consistently in trouble - so much so that I was often

told, trouble with a capital T is your middle name. And it probably still is. I’ve also been in cahoots, in collusion, in doubt, in hot water and in a state of confusion while trying to avoid being in the state of denial. However, seldom am I indifferent. I’ve never been insane, but I’m certain there were occasions my children would tell you rationality is a matter of perspective and opinion. I’ve jumped to conclusions. I’ve jumped over the fence, where the grass is supposedly greener, but usually I land in a pile of ‘organic fertilizer’ which explains why the grass was greener. Because I’ve jumped from the frying pan into the fire I usually find myself up a creek without a paddle. I’ve been around this

block before and just for the record, it’s not my first rodeo! How often are we between a rock and a hard spot or between the devil and the deep blue sea? I maul my choices over and over and then decide to walk across the bridge of indecision. While going over the river and through the woods I’ve been reminded not to get on my horse and ride off in all directions. However, I’ve been known to get on my high horse and make a fool of myself. When my time comes, I hope to cross over The Jordan and find myself in the land of milk and honey where I can end my sentences with a preposition if I want to!

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edward jones financial focus As you know, the holiday season can be joyous, hectic, celebratory - and expensive. And while you certainly enjoy hosting family gatherings and giving presents to your loved ones, you’ll find these things even more pleasurable if they don’t add a lot more weight to your debt load. And that’s why you’ll want to follow some smart money-management techniques over the next few weeks. To begin with, try to establish realistic budgets for both your entertaining and your gift giving. When you host family and friends, don’t go overboard on your expenditures. Your guests will still appreciate your efforts, which, with a little creativity, can create a welcoming and fun experience for everyone. As a guiding principle,

Donate a gift to Toys for Tots at Edward Jones location Edward Jones invites you to participate in Toys for Tots by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at their office in Pleasant Hill. Drop-off will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 12, at the Pleasant Hill branch office, 1100 N. Hickory Blvd., Suite 201. Call (515) 266-8188 for more information.

keep in mind these words attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the famous German poet and philosopher: “What you can do without, do without.” Set a budget and stick to it. And the same rule applies to your gifting. You don’t need to find the most expensive presents, or overwhelm recipients with the sheer volume of your gifts. This is especially true if you, like so many people, have been affected by the tough economy. Everyone you know will understand that gifts don’t have to be lavish to be meaningful. Furthermore, by sticking to a budget, you won’t be tempted to dip into your long-term investments to pay for fabulous parties or mountains of gifts. It’s never a good idea to tap long-term investments for short-term needs, but can be especially bad when your investment prices are down, as they may well be this year. So, if you want to stick to

a budget but you don’t want to raid your investments, how can you pay for your holiday season expenses? If you can spread out your purchases, you may be able to pay for them from your normal cash flow. But if that’s not possible, you might want to consider plastic - your credit card. Using your credit card does not, by itself, need to amount to a financial setback, especially if you’ve chosen a card that offers favorable terms and you’ve already shown the discipline not to over-use that card. Just try to minimize your credit card usage over the holidays and pay off your card as soon as you can. Of course, you can make your holiday season much easier, financially speaking, if you’ve set up a holiday fund to cover your various expenses. While it’s too late to set up such a fund this year, why not get an early start on the 2012 holiday season? All you need to do is put away some money each month into an

easily accessible account, separate from your everyday accounts. You don’t have to put in a great deal, but you do need to be consistent, which is why you may want to have the money moved automatically, once a month, from your checking or savings account to your holiday fund. When next year’s holiday season rolls around, you might be pleasantly surprised by how much you’ve accumulated. But for now, following some common-sense money management practices can help you get through the holiday season in financial shape — and that type of result can get your new year off to a positive start. Financial tips submitted by Edward Jones representative Karl Ritland.

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