April 9, 2010

Agenda, April City Council Meeting

Posted in Agenda at 4:09 pm by thevoicesofstuart

Here is the agenda for the Monday night city council meeting.

Agenda, April City Council Meeting


March 5, 2010

Agenda, March City Council Meeting (Updated)

Posted in Agenda at 7:04 pm by thevoicesofstuart

Update – So much for best laid plans.  I did not make it to the council meeting to night.  Mom’s birthday supper got changed from yesterday to tonight.  The momma’s birthday trumps council meeting every time.  If anyone else attended and wants to post something email it to me and I will put it up.


Here is the agenda for the Monday night March City Council Meeting.

Agenda, March City Council Meeting

February 5, 2010

Agenda, February City Council Meeting (Updated)

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:48 pm by thevoicesofstuart

Update – I did not make it to the council meeting tonight.  Most of the items were regular business anyway.  While up paying my city bill today I did talk to Ash and asked about the Veenstra & Kimm, Inc / Housing Development agenda item.  Forest Aldridge is providing information to the council on the infrastructure the city needs to provide to entice housing developers to Stuart.


Here is the agenda for the Monday night City Council Meeting.

Agenda, February City Council Meeting

January 23, 2010

Agenda, Special Meeting

Posted in Agenda at 6:21 am by thevoicesofstuart

Here is the agenda for the January special meeting of the city council.

Agenda January Special Meeting

I do not plan to attend this meeting.

January 9, 2010

Agenda, January City Council Meeting (Updated)

Posted in Agenda at 11:14 am by thevoicesofstuart

Update – I do not plan to attend this meeting.


Here is the agenda for the Monday night council meeting.

Agenda, January City Council Meeting

December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Posted in General at 5:58 pm by thevoicesofstuart

December 28, 2009

Ombudsman Issues Investigative Report On Misconduct Of Stuart Street Superintendent (Updated)

Posted in City News at 3:19 pm by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter


Update – It has been brought to my attention that the skid loader used by Bob to clear his drive last week was rented from John Schwinger.  It is identical to the one owned by the city and was dropped off at the city yard for his use.


The Ombudsman Office has completed their investigation and issued this investigative report.

While I find the report interesting in its findings today I also remember seeing Mr. Airhart using the city skip loader in his drive last week just before this last snowfall pushing the old snowfall back out of the way.  Since the city has been in receipt of this report for at least 30 days and responded back to the Ombudsman Office it is hard to believe that Mr. Airhart was unaware of the report findings and persists in flagrantly violating city employee standards.  Let alone a city administrator and council who have failed to take any appreciable disciplinary action over the years.

One can only hope that with a new mayor taking office next month there is some hope that city personnel problems will begin to be addressed in a firm, fair and timely manner.

Turning A Blind Eye, An Investigation Into Misconduct by the City of Stuart’s Street Superintendent, and How City Leaders Responded to It

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas To All, And To All A Good Night

Posted in General at 10:45 pm by thevoicesofstuart

Twas the Night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

‘Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

by Major Henry Livingston Jr. (1748-1828)

November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving (Update 2)

Posted in General at 10:16 am by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

Update 2 – Well the computer is still in the shop.  Seems to have a replicating trojan that is continuing to reappear every time they think it is gone.  Norton did not catch it and spyhunter can not clear it.  Am keeping my fingers crossed that they find the solution soon.

Update – Well I finally got the computer to the shop.  Do not expect to get it back until Friday at the earliest.  Hope everyone had a good holiday.

It is the time of year when we look around and give thanks for all the good in our lives.

All in all it was a pretty good year.  All the family health problems have resolved themselves.  Everyone seems to be in good spirits and looking forward to the holidays.  I have had the pleasure of reconnecting with several old army friends this year.  Some I have not seen in 30 years.  Yep things are pretty good this holiday season.

So I guess in the grand scheme of things having my computer crash last night is just a small bump in the road.  I have come to he conclusion that Norton is not all it is cracked up to be.  Every time I have had trouble with the computer it is because Norton says it needs to fix something.  So I tell it okay fix it and it breaks something else that I cannot repair myself.  There goes another $100 just so the repair guys can run their “Fix What Norton Broke Disc”.  Have decided to not worry about it until after the Thanksgiving holiday is over.  I do not have time to get it to Des Moines today or tomorrow anyway.

Will check the blog whenever I get next to a family computer until mine is back up and running again.

Enjoy the holiday everyone.

November 23, 2009

Agenda, November Special Meeting, City Council (Update 2)

Posted in Agenda at 9:15 am by thevoicesofstuart

Update – This meeting is re-scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:30 pm.

Update 2 – It does not look like I am going to make it to the meeting tonight.  It appears that I have entirely to much stuff going on this week.  Guess that is what I get for trying to do 5 days of stuff in 3 days.  I think it is time to reschedule a few things.


Here is the agenda for the Monday night Special Meeting of the City Council.

Agenda, Special Meeting, City Council

November 7, 2009

New Park Equipment Going Up (Updated)

Posted in City News at 9:36 pm by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

Volunteers and city employees gathered today to install new play ground equipment in the park and at the soccer field.  Installation will be completed early next week.  These are from the park.  When I go out tomorrow I will get a couple of pictures from the soccer field.


2 park

Soccer Field



November 6, 2009

Agenda, November City Council Meeting (Updated)

Posted in Agenda at 4:53 pm by thevoicesofstuart

Here is the agenda for the Monday night City Council Meeting.

Agenda, November City Council Meeting


I do not plan on attending the meeting tonight.

November 4, 2009

Election Results

Posted in City News at 5:17 am by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

Congratulations to the winners.

Mayor – Dick Cook

Council Members – Bryan Belden, Neal Crawford, Matt Funk and Wade Chafa.

November 3, 2009

Happy Election Day (Updated)

Posted in City News at 1:10 am by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

Polls are open from 12 pm to 8 pm at the Congregational Church.

Good Luck to all the candidates and Happy Voting.


Update – Here is the link to the election results at the Guthrie County Auditors Office.  The results will be posted late tonight.

Election Results


October 12, 2009

October City Council Meeting

Posted in Council Meetings at 8:55 pm by thevoicesofstuart

By Peggy Schlichter

Mr. Sherman was not present for the meeting.

This was a nice short meeting with minimal  discussion points.  All items were approved as listed.

The Hotel/Motel Tax Committee discussion was tabled until the next meeting.

The council donated $500. to the “Trees Please” Program.

The Utility Bill for the work done on the new city building was settled for the original estimate price of around $26 k.  The council approved the payment minus the tax that was on the bill.

The underground electrical work to the new waste water treatment plant will be done by the city utility for a cost of approximately $50k.  The estimate received from the construction contractor was $99 k.

Police – The effect date of Officer Baird’s “no notice” resignation was September 25th.  Sgt Larsen was called back off of leave to assist in coverage.

There have been a couple of applicants for the open police positions.  Only Martin Miller is being considered but no decision will be made until the background check comes back.  He was here previously and resigned on good terms.  He has now completed his police science degree.  If hired, he will still have to attend the police academy.

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