Hundreds of people swarmed the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC over the weekend including Muscatine County college student, Sarah Brooks. KWPC tracked down Sarah:
I went to Washington, DC with a group of other Iowans with the Free DC Project to exercise our rights on October 12th, 2013 because we were tired of our liberties being taken away. With the other Americans who were visiting the monument that day we had the courage to stand and inspire them into action as we broke through the barricades and peacefully went to visit our monument…You can find out more information at Facebook.com/FreeDCMonument.
What’s next for the city of West Liberty? Without a city manager for the first time since 2004, that’s what the city council is likely to discuss at its next meeting Tuesday night according to Mayor Chad Thomas. On Thursday, the council moved to terminate city manager, Chris Ward’s, employment. Thomas said the council lacked confidence in how Ward handled recent problems with the city’s recycling programs, both in following council directives and communicating with the council. In a press release after the Thursday meeting Bill Tharp, Ward’s attorney, questioned why the termination took place just 6 months after his contract had been renewed and not previously received a negative evaluation for his work. Tharp noted that the council did not terminate Ward with cause and that the city would likely have to pay out the remainder of his contract and unemployment benefits if needed. Thomas said he met with city staff Friday and then discussed with them the need to assume some of the Ward’s duties until a new manager is hired. He said the city had already been in contact with search firms and will discuss the matter at the Tuesday meeting.
The Wilton Library now has a little more money to spend on books and other needs. Friends of the Wilton Public Library sponsored their annual Evening with Friends on Saturday at the Wilton Community Center. The event, the group’s only big fundraiser, included a soup supper, dessert bar and silent and live auctions. The painting of Wilton school children on a school playground by local artist, Twyla Whitmer, brought in some big bucks. Cedar County Supervisor, Jeff Kauffman, was the auctioneer.